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Sorry Netflix Films—Steven Spielberg Doesn't Think You Should Be Oscar Eligible

Sorry Netflix Films—Steven Spielberg Doesn't Think You Should Be Oscar Eligible
Updated 2 months ago

In an interview with ITV News, legendary director Steven Spielberg, 71, said he doesn't think Netflix streaming movies should be eligible for Oscars, even if they are initially screened in theaters.

Spielberg told ITV News:

Once you commit to a television format, you’re a TV movie. You certainly, if it’s a good show, deserve an Emmy, but not an Oscar. ... I don’t believe films that are just given token qualifications in a couple of theaters for less than a week should qualify for the Academy Award nomination.

This sparked a heated debate online, with emotions running high on both sides of the argument.

All Twitter users in favor of Spielberg's point of view say, "aye":

For every comment supporting Spielberg's opinion, there was an equal and opposite reaction:

Spielberg also warned that television/streaming could discourage filmmakers from pursuing the funding necessary for theatrical releases, thereby threatening the survival of the movie-going experience:

Television is really thriving with quality and art but it poses a clear and present danger to filmgoers.

Captain Ram lamented the possibility of fewer theatrical releases:

Here's the complete ITV News interview. The Ready Player One director starts talking about Netflix about five minutes in.