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Spielberg Criticizes Netflix

What do you do when one of the most legendary directors of all time disses your business model? If you’re Netflix, you probably just brush it off and keep killing it in the streaming space.

Steven Spielberg recently threw shade at Netflix during the press tour for his new movie, Ready Player One. The Hollywood legend said that while really good Netflix-produced movies should be considered for Emmy awards, the Oscars should be out of the question. Spielberg also said that Netflix’s strategy of quick theatrical releases for its most prestigious pieces should also rule it out for Oscar contention.

Said Spielberg:

“I don’t believe that films that are just given token qualifications in a couple of theaters for less than a week should qualify for the Academy Award nomination,”

Spielberg’s words aren’t too much different from those of another high-profile director, Christopher Nolan, who has also criticized Netflix for encouraging people to eschew the spectacle of the big screen and binge-watch on their TVs instead.

Do you think Nolan and Spielberg have a point, Insiders, or are these two famous directors hung up on an obsolete business model?

[via The Atlantic]

5 Responses to “Spielberg Criticizes Netflix”

  1. Visitor [Join Now]
    Bozo.. [visitor]

    I can care less really.

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    Big Daddy [visitor]

    hung up on an obsolete business model. it is t about them it’s about the audience and we want it how we want it

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    BBQ [visitor]

    I thought the Oscars were about the quality of movies. What has the commercial side (e.g., where it was shown) has to do with it? Can a movie not be good if it is not released in theaters? If the Oscars insist on such qualifications, then it says more about them than about the movies.

    Having said that, I should say that I have never “streamed” a movie and I haven’t been to a theater in years. I do catch all movies that I want to see, though.

  4. Member [Join Now]

    If it’s in the theaters, it goes to the Oscars. If it’s on TV it goes to the Emmys. It should be simple. Are Netflix, Hulu and Amazon no happy dominating the Emmys?

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    BBQ [visitor]

    How about this: scrap all “Oscars”, “Emmys” and all other BS awards that are full of themselves, being nothing but money-driven, industry-serving tools, and replace them with some real, honest, valuable awards that have the only purpose to promote quality and artistic value of movies (and other arts)? We saw how people “voted” with the emergence of Rotten Tomatoes, where now even filmmakers are influenced by its trend-setting role, to the point where all major Oscar nominees this year had very high scores on RT!