Netflix movies to remain eligible for Academy Awards
The biggest Netflix movies will remain eligible for the most coveted awards in the movie business.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will not change eligibility rules for the Oscars, following a meeting on Tuesday.
There had been speculation that the major streaming service, among other streaming companies, would suffer from a crackdown on their content when it comes to winning major awards.
But, according to Variety, a board of governors met on Tuesday and voted to maintain the status quo; that any feature-length film can be considered for the Academy Award as long as it has a seven-day run, with three public screenings per day in LA.
At the most recent Academy Awards, Netflix original Roma picked up three Oscars, including best director, and many speculate that this is a trend that will continue in years to come.
"We support the theatrical experience as integral to the art of motion pictures, and this weighed heavily in our discussions," said Academy President John Bailey in a statement. "Our rules currently require theatrical exhibition, and also allow for a broad selection of films to be submitted for Oscars consideration."
Steven Spielberg is one of the more vocal critics of popular streaming services, and has voiced concerns in the past that the rise of that industry could see a decrease in people actually going to the cinema.
He recently said: "I feel people need to have the opportunity to leave the safe and familiar of their lives and go to a place where they can sit in the company of others and have a shared experience — cry together, laugh together, be afraid together — so that when it’s over they might feel a little less like strangers. I want to see the survival of movie theaters. I want the theatrical experience to remain relevant in our culture."