Steven Spielberg rightly argued that Netflix films shouldn’t be able to win Oscars, infers Scott Anthony of Medium. Even before the rise of streaming as a medium for films and shows, cable television movies weren’t eligible to win the prize. If Netflix productions became contenders, so would every other movie produced by companies like HBO or Showtime. That shouldn’t be the case. The Emmys, as Spielberg stated, exist for these kinds of films. Alternatively, Netflix could follow Amazon’s model and play its movies in cinemas before allowing them to be streamed. Either way, its films shouldn't be considered for Oscars.
Steven Spielberg’s notion that Netflix-style streaming films shouldn’t be allowed to win Oscars ignores the many positive effects that this new medium has on the TV industry, suggests Stephen Lambrechts of Tech Radar. Smaller, more alternative movies are increasingly unable to gain traction in Hollywood. Netflix and other such producers allow them to find an audience. This has already given us many marvels, such as “ Okja” or Palme D’Or-winning documentary “Icarus.” Such films deserve to compete for the highest honor in film. Just because the nature of TV is changing doesn’t mean that things are getting worse.