Filmmaker Steven Spielberg has taken a position against the presence at the Oscars for films released on the platform, Netflix. A statement that has provoked a reaction divided. Zuma Press / Bestimage The recent statements of Steven Spielberg against the platforms of streaming including Netflix were not very tender. The american film director with three Oscars had been declared by the 23 February last year : “from the moment you agree on a television format, you are doing a television film. If it is good, you certainly deserve an Emmy, but not an Oscar. (…) I don’t believe that films which have been screened in a few cinemas for the form for less than a week to be able to meet the criteria to be nominated for an Oscar”. Today, in Indiewire , a representative of the firm of Spielberg’s Amblin, confirmed : “Steven truly believes in the difference between streaming and cinema. He will be happy if others join in [his campaign] when the subject will be addressed in [the committee of management of the Oscars]. We will see what emerges”. It is criticized Netflix : spending too much in the Oscar race. It seems that the platform has spent $ 50 million (or $ 25 million, the figures vary) to promote Roma to the members of the Academy, where the Green Book was 5. The marketing around Roma, which would have crushed other films that competed in the section Best foreign film. Roma occupied all the screens and other distributors have had to wait until the end of the holiday to show some of their films at the cinema, limiting de facto the number of viewing by the voters. As Roma is stayed only three weeks in theatres, in a circuit of exclusivity. It does not disclose its box-office. It does not meet the deadline of 90 days between the cinema release and the availability of streaming. Movies Netflix are available in 190 countries, 24 hours on 24, 7 days on 7. The Academy has confirmed that the topic would be discussed at the next meeting which will be held in early April. It will, therefore, if the films released primarily on a streaming platform, will compete for the Oscars. Netflix has quickly responded by citing not Spielberg but by speaking clearly to her about : We love cinema. Here are some things we also love:
-Access for people who can’t always afford, or live in towns without, theaters
-Letting everyone, everywhere enjoy releases at the same time
-Giving the filmmakers more ways to share art
These things are not mutually exclusive.— Netflix Movie (@NetflixFilm) 4 march, 2019 “We love the cinema. We also love : to give access to people who do not have much of resources or live in a city without a cinema, and let anyone, anywhere, to enjoy an outing at the same time; to provide filmmakers with additional ways to share their art. These things are not incompatible”. It must be remembered that Roma Alfonso Cuarón is a mexican film in black and white in which we follow the misadventures of a maid mexican. Netflix has allowed the film to be seen on 190 countries and 600 cinema screens for several weeks. He has won three Oscars, making the same a record. The reactions of the people in the business, to the words of Spielberg are shared : Ava DuVernay, director of Selma, on Twitter : “Dear Academy (…). I hope that if this is true, you’ll have filmmakers like me with you or that you will read their statements to propose another feeling… one of The things that I cherished with Netflix is that they distribute worldwide the work of blacks. 190 countries will have When They See Us… I only had a film distributed internationally. Not Selma, not A Shortcut, it was 13th. By Netflix. And that counts”. Paul Schrader, director of Blue Collar and screenwriter of Taxi Driver, on Twitter : “First Reformed has been sold to Toronto at A24 (…). Netflix would have been able to buy a snap of the fingers, but passed his turn. Such As Amazon. Like Sony Classics and Focus. But A24 has seen a business opportunity in this film is aesthetically austere and presented in the festival and screened from 2017 to 2018. Without being a cardboard box, the film was profitable for A24 (…). Is First Reformed to have found such a validation of the public if Netflix had stashed to pay the double-A24 for example), and had dropped in his cellar ? Maybe that Bird Box and Kissing Booth can emerge from this vast ocean of products Netflix to find an audience, but First Reformed ? It is unlikely”. Guy Lodge, critic on Variety, on Twitter : “It is amusing to note that the settlement of accounts between Netflix and Spielberg has Green Book at the level of the awards, a film in which nobody says “You have to see it at the cinema!”… Articulate the debate movie/Netflix all about the Oscars as Spielberg seems to be small, narrow-minded, and to the side of the plate according to me”. The reactions continue, for, against or questioned in a more general way, as evidenced by the screenwriter X-Men: first class Zack Stentz on Twitter : (…) While the whole world is interested in Spielberg vs Netflix, I think we got rid of two major problems. There is a whole generation who has stopped going to the cinema except for the major events marketés and another generation which follows the first, and which is more interested in video games as film”. Finally, other tweeters looking for solutions, as the director Sean Baker (The Florida Project) : “For a fixed sum, subscribers to Netflix may see movies Netflix in the room free of charge. I know that I have to expend $ 2 a month to see films such as Roma or Buster Scruggs on the big screen. This would [satisfy] the operators of cinema and spectators who enjoy the ultimate cinema experience. (…) We need to find solutions”. The Academy of the Oscars and its executive committee will hear the arguments of each other, offer solutions or simply to decide suddenly “for or against Netflix to the Oscars ?” The debate proves to be exciting and, for the moment, completely open.