Steven Spielberg doesn't think Netflix films should qualify for Oscar's

Steven Spielberg says, "Once you commit to a television format, you’re a TV movie" when talking about the new movies on streaming services.

Emily Treadgold

Streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime have been getting a lot of attention from the Golden Globes and The Academy Awards, but Steven Spielberg doesnt think they should be eligible for the prestigious award.

In an interview with ITV News he said, Once you commit to a television format, youre a TV movie. You certainly, if its a good show, deserve an Emmy, but not an Oscar. I dont believe films that are just given token qualifications in a couple of theaters for less than a week should qualify for the Academy Award nomination.

Fewer and fewer filmmakers are going to struggle to raise money in order to compete in Sundance and possibly get one of the specialty labels to release their film theatrically publicly, and more of them are going to let the SVOD business finance their films. Maybe with the promise of a slight one-week theatrical window to qualify them for awards as a movie.

Steven Spielberg

Netflixs movies Mudbound and the Ava DuVernay documentary 13th were both nominated for Oscars this year.


Netflix also debuted two new movies, Bong Joon-hos Okja and Noah Baumbachs The Meyerowitz Stories at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. French film distributors weren't in love with the idea that a film with no theatrical release plans could compete for the highly coveted Palme dOr.