It appears like films produced by Netflix and other streaming services will have the ability to complete for next year’s Academy Awards with no modifications to eligibility.
After the Netflix Original movie “Roma” was chosen for Best Picture at this year’s event and eventually took house the awards for Best Director, Best Foreign Language Film and Best Cinematography , the Academy’s Board of Directors was mulling possible guideline modifications.
The essence of the dispute appears to be Netflix’s theatrical technique. The business firmly insisted for several years that it wanted to launch its motion pictures in theaters, however it would not hold those titles back from the streaming service, which suggested that a lot of big chains hesitated to evaluate them. Netflix lastly relieved up on this practice in 2015, with “ Roma” (and a handful of other movies) opening in theaters prior to they released on Netflix , however with a much shorter theatrical window than is conventional.
Director Steven Spielberg was supposedly a supporter for altering the guidelines in a manner that would have made it harder for Netflix motion pictures to complete — possibly by needing that movies play solely in theaters for 4 weeks.
Earlier this month, the Department of Justice weighed in , sending out a letter to the Academy specifying that if it makes eligibility modifications that “remove competitors without procompetitive validation, such conduct might raise antitrust issues.”