Several Hollywood insiders are speaking out against a reported plan by Steven Spielberg to block Netflix films from Academy Awards consideration.
Spielberg, a current governor of the Academy’s directors branch, plans to propose changes to Oscars eligibility rules, arguing films that debut on streaming services or get a short theatrical run should qualify for the Emmys instead of the Oscars, according toIndieWire.
“Steven feels strongly about the difference between the streaming and theatrical situation,” an Amblin spokesperson toldIndieWire. “He’ll be happy if the others will join [his campaign] when that comes up [at the Academy Board of Governors meeting]. He will see what happens.”
The legendary filmmaker and three-time Oscar winner has been vocal about the issue in the past.
But his latest anti-Netflix efforts have sparked concern among some industry insiders, including Ava DuVernay, who earned an Oscar nomination in 2017 for directing the Netflix prison reform documentary13th.
“Dear Academy, this is a Board of Governors meeting. And regular branch members can’t be there. But I hope if this is true, that you’ll have filmmakers in the room or read statements from directors like me who feel differently,” DuVernay tweeted Friday.
Army of Darknessactor Bruce Campbell criticized the plan as well.
“Steven Spielberg is gunning to make sure Netflix never has another Oscars contender like Roma,” Campbell tweeted. “Sorry, Mr. Spielberg, Roma ain’t no TV movie – it’s as impressive as anything out there. Platforms have become irrelevant. Make a movie with Netflix.”
Insecureactor Jean Elie also called theSchindler’s Listdirector out, asking on Twitter: “Why would you want to stop others from shining/sharing the light?”
Netflix spent heavily on its awards season campaigns forRoma,The Ballad of Buster Scruggsand the shortEnd Game. Alfonso Cuarón’s Spanish-language dramaRomawon three trophies — best director, best foreign language film and best cinematography.