Netflix addresses Steven Spielberg's efforts to block films from Oscars: 'We love cinema'

The director wants to propose now eligibility rules that would see films like Roma barred from awards

Oscars 2019: Green Book wins best picture

Netflix has seemingly addressed Steven Spielberg's anti-Netflix efforts to block films released on streaming services from the Oscars.

While hastening to directly name the Jurassic Park director, Netflix posted a tweet that many believe refers to the report he'll propose changes to eligibility rules that will see films released on streaming services unable to compete at the ceremony.

“We love cinema,” Netflix's official Twitter account wrote, adding a list of things they approve of.

These included: “Access for people who can’t always afford, or live in towns without, theatres,” “Letting everyone, everywhere enjoy releases at the same time" and “Giving filmmakers more ways to share art.”

The Twitter account concluded that “These things are not mutually exclusive."


According to a spokesperson for Spielberg’s production company Amblin, it’s something he “feels very strongly about”. IndieWire reports that Spielberg believes films that aren’t shown in cinemas for longer than four weeks should qualify for inclusion at the Emmys but not the Academy Awards.

The news comes a week after a impressive awards circuit for Alfonso Cuarón’s Netflix film Roma, which was beaten to the Best Picture Oscar by Green Book, a film that found distribution thanks to Spielberg.

Roma went on to win three Oscars, including Best Film in the Foreign Language and Best Cinematography.

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