Steven Spielberg Faces Backlash Over Effort to Block Netflix From Oscars

March 4, 2019

Steven Spielberg is facing backlash from some members of the filmmaking community for his apparent beliefs about streaming services and Oscars eligibility. According to Deadline, the famed director is planning to propose at the upcoming Academy Board of Governors meeting that movies that debut on streaming services should not qualify for the Oscars. Critics were quick to react to the reports, with Oscar-nominated director Ana DuVernay tweeting Friday, "Dear Academy, This is a Board of Directors meeting. And regular branch members can't be there. But I hope if this is true, that you'll have filmmakers in the room or read statements from directors like me who feel differently." Netflix's Roma just won multiple Oscars at the most recent Academy Awards.