Article 4AC4R After Roma swept the Oscars, Steven Spielberg seeks to block streaming films

After Roma swept the Oscars, Steven Spielberg seeks to block streaming films

Samuel Axon
from Ars Technica on (#4AC4R)

Enlarge / Like some other industry figures, Spielberg doesn't seem to like where Hollywood is going. (credit: Aurich Lawson / The Simpsons)

A spokesperson for Amblin, the production company run by director Steven Spielberg, has told IndieWire that Spielberg plans to support an effort to change the rules of the Oscars to bar some films primarily distributed via streaming platforms like Netflix from nomination for Academy Awards.

"Steven feels strongly about the difference between the streaming and theatrical situation," the spokesperson told the publication. "He'll be happy if the others will join [his campaign] when that comes up [at the Academy Board of Governors meeting]."

The conversation in Hollywood about the legitimacy of films made for streaming has been fierce since critical darling Roma—a Netflix-backed film from Y Tu Mamá También, Children of Men, and Gravity director Alfonso Cuarón—took home Best Director, Best Foreign Language Film, and Best Cinematography in an unprecedented sweep for a streaming film. However, Roma lost Best Picture to controversial film Green Book, which Spielberg backed.

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