Good Netflix films deserve an Emmy, not an Oscar: Steven Spielberg
The director feels that the Netflix films are just meant for TV and they shouldn't be taken into consideration for Academy Awards
Steven Spielberg thinks Netflix films are "TV movies", and shouldn't get Oscar consideration. Since Netflix began distributing movies, the industry has been rife with contention about whether such films deserve the same recognition as traditional, theatrically released films, particularly when it comes to the Academy Awards.
Talking about the issue Spielberg said, "Once you commit to a television format, you're a TV movie. If it's a good show, you certainly deserve an Emmy, not an Oscar. I don't believe films that are just given token qualifications in a couple of theatres for less than a week should qualify for the Academy Award nomination.".
Netflix just started gaining awards recognition for films like Dee Rees' Mudbound, which received a one-week theatrical release, and Ava DuVernay's 13th, which did not release in theatres but was nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 2016 Academy Awards. Director Christopher Nolan has also weighed in on Netflix, calling the streaming giant's release plans bizarre and mindless.
The controversy has also spread to question the place of Netflix films at festivals, with the premiere of Netflix's Okja at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival being met with discontent as the film had a Netflix logo on the screen. Cannes established a rule after last year's festival that in the future, any films that are selected for competition must also commit to a theatrical distribution.
In a recent interview, Cannes director Thierry Fremaux said, "Netflix and Amazon do represent something important. We will eventually come up with a good agreement because, in order for a film to become part of history, it must go through theaters, box office, the critics, the passion of cinephiles, awards campaigns, books, directories, filmographies. All this is part of a tradition on which the history of film is based."