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Should the Oscars bar streaming films? Netflix and Spielberg duke it out




Steven Spielberg speaks onstage during the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 10th annual Governors Awards at The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center on November 18, 2018 in Hollywood, California.
Steven Spielberg speaks onstage during the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 10th annual Governors Awards at The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center on November 18, 2018 in Hollywood, California.
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On the heels of “Roma’s” three Oscar wins, director Steven Spielberg is planning to propose a rule change to the Academy: that a film must get a full theatrical run in order to be considered for a golden statuette.  

On Sunday, Netflix tweeted out its response to Spielberg:

Spielberg has said that he wants to maintain a separation between the small and big screen -- as well as the sanctity of the theater viewing experience. Other Academy members, such as Ava DuVernay, have pushed back, citing the greater inclusion of marginalized voices on a platform like Netflix.

If you’re in the industry, what do you think? Should the Oscars only consider a film if it’s gotten a full theatrical release? Or is this an outdated, and possibly even classist standard?

With guest host Libby Denkmann

Guest:

Anne Thompson, editor-at-large at IndieWire, where she’s been covering this story; she is also the author of “The $11 Billion Year: From Sundance to the Oscars, an Inside Look at the Changing Hollywood System” (2014, Newmarket for It Books); she tweets @akstanwyck