Los Angeles (USA), 4 Mar (EFE) – The digital platform Netflix and the filmmaker Steven Spielberg have fought in recent days for the arrival at the Oscars, and the success in these awards, of films from the services of “streaming” (broadcast online).
On Sunday night, Netflix published in its official Twitter profile a response to the legendary American director, who has been against uniting in the Oscars the films intended for exhibition in theatres with which they are released practically simultaneously in cinemas and at home.
“We love cinema. Here are other things that we also love: access to people who can’t always afford to go to theaters or who live in locations without theaters, allowing everyone and everywhere to enjoy premieres at once, giving directors more ways to share art,” Netflix said.
“These things are not mutually exclusive,” he added.
The digital service responded in this way to information from the Indiewire portal published last Thursday that said Spielberg would try to drive changes at the Hollywood Academy regarding streaming tapes and their participation in the Oscars.
“Steven feels deeply the difference between the situation of streaming and that of cinemas,” said a spokesman for Amblin Entertainment, a company founded by the directors of films such as “Schindler’s List” (1993) and “Saving Private Ryan” (1998).
This spokesman assured that the director would be “happy” to see “other” colleagues joining his campaign to change the Oscar rules from within the Academy.
Spielberg serves on the Academy’s Board of Governors, the body that governs the vision and operation of the Academy.
Susanne Bier, Kimberly Peirce and Spielberg are the three representatives of the filmmaking branch on that Academy board, which also includes actors, directors of photography, casting managers and producers, among others.
Spielberg, who has reflected his opposition to services such as Netflix on different occasions, supported “Green Book” in the past Oscars, where this film won three awards: best film, best original script and best supporting actor (Mahershala Ali).
“Green Book” won the Queen of Oscars category over “Roma”, a film by Mexican Alfonso Cuarón in Netflix and which was also one of the big favourites in these awards where, in the end, the statuettes were awarded to best director, best photograph (both for Cuarón) and best film in a non-English language.
If “Rome” had won the Oscar for the best film, it would have been the first time that a digital platform, in this case Netflix, would have been crowned with the most coveted prize of those awards.