Steven Spielberg Says Movies Made by Netflix Can Compete for Emmys, But Should Not Be Allowed to Compete for Oscars

Mar 27, 2018  •  Post A Comment

“Since Netflix began distributing movies, the industry has been rife with contention about whether such films deserve the same recognition as traditional, theatrically released films, particularly when it comes to the Academy Awards,” writes Erin Nyren in Variety.

The story continues, “Evidently, legendary director Steven Spielberg is firmly of the mind that they do not.

“‘Once you commit to a television format, you’re a TV movie,’ Spielberg told ITV News. “You certainly, if it’s a good show, deserve an Emmy, but not an Oscar. I don’t believe films that are just given token qualifications in a couple of theaters for less than a week should qualify for [an] Academy Award nomination.”

Spielberg has won two competitive Oscars and four primetime Emmys.

Steven Spielberg

(screenshot from a TV interview several years ago that we found on YouTube)


  1. BS, here’s a guy that appears to be with the times, but obviously isn’t. These old school people that don’t want to become current with the trends need to be pushed to the Wayside like the dinosaurs that they are. Look what happened to the music industry. They could have been worldwide megacorps, instead they let Spotify, apple and others take that away from them because they wouldn’t give up their old school ways. Flame away, but that’s how I feel, and I’m 69 years old, so I should probably agree with Spielberg, but I don’t.

  2. Using Spielberg’s logic, how long would a movie have to be in a theater for it to be eligible for an Academy Award? One week isn’t enough so how about two weeks? Three weeks? Four weeks? Give us a number. If the Academy does come up with a number you can bet that film distributors, that think they have a great movie, will keep it in theaters long enough to be eligible for an Academy Award.

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