The Spielberg vs. Netflix Battle Could Mean Collateral Damage for Indies at the Oscars

Steven Spielberg isn’t basking in the glow of Best Picture Oscar-winner “Green Book,” which he supported in this year’s contentious Oscar race.

His Academy Award attention is now devoted to ensuring that the race never sees another “Roma” — a Netflix film backed by massive sums, that didn’t play by the same rules as its analog-studio competitors.As far as he’s concerned, as it currently stands Netflix should only compete for awards in the Emmy arena; as the Academy Governor representing the directors branch, Spielberg is eager to support rule changes when it convenes for its annual post-Oscar meeting.“Steven feels strongly about the difference between the streaming and theatrical situation,” said an Amblin spokesperson.

“He’ll be happy if the others will join [his campaign] when that comes up [at the Academy Board of Governors meeting].

He will see what happens.”Per the Academy, “Awards rules discussions are ongoing with the branches.

And the Board

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