Steven Spielberg Has A Serious Boner For Netflix

Steven Spielberg has a serious boner for Netflix. Actually, he has it for any streaming service that threatens the integrity of the Academy Awards. Let’s be honest, there are many things that threaten the integrity of the Academy Awards. Just look at best picture winner Crash. Some will say Green Book is the latest. Lack of diversity in their main categories. Lack of female director representation. Their attempt to remove editors, cinematographers, and production designers from the live Oscar telecast. But, THIS is the one Spielberg has an issue with.

It isn’t a surprise that Spielberg has become the person he claimed to be against in his early days. Like many people, including George Lucas, they are the heroes in their stories. However, the hero is around long enough to see himself become the villain. Does Spielberg have the right to complain and use his weight to exclude what are essentially independent movies from bringing new life to the Oscars?

Of course. He is exerting his constitutional right, as an American, to complain about these films.

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I bet he wished this was a Netflix movie and not his.

However, Spielberg doesn’t have the right to complain about the quality of films that are making it into the Oscar categories. Why? When was the last time Steven Spielberg was nominated, justly, for a best director or best picture? Not in a long while. The last two films that come to mind was The Post and Ready Player One. If you forgot about those pictures, you aren’t the only one.

Need I say more? According to Collider, a spokesman for Amblin said:

“Steven feels strongly about the difference between the streaming and theatrical situation. 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.”

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This is what he’s become.

The chief argument is that services like Netflix and Amazon are using the limited release window to put their films into theaters. This makes them eligible for Oscar contention. After which, they are released on their service for anyone to watch. Sad to say, this has been a long standing tactic that films, by studios, would use to be placed into Oscar contention.

Ever wonder why you would see a film come out in December in limited release, then wide release in January? That is so they can be placed into Oscar contention in December, and then possible make some money during the quiet months of January. It was okay for studios to abuse this practice, but when streaming services exploit it – it somehow violates the integrity of the Academy. Please.

Spielberg could do more damage than he realizes. Not one of which is bringing attention to his mindless dreck that he has been drooling out for years. The Academy could remove the limited release window that allows films to be held for consideration. Which could come back and bite him in the ass when studios know he was responsible for it.

However, Spielberg’s colleagues are moving toward streaming services because they are allowed the freedom that studios no longer offer directors. Some don’t share his ideals. They would like to tell original stories with only their experience to guide the way. Not another tent pole, which he has made his career with.

In the end, Spielberg has the right to complain. He has the right to do something about it. However, the internet is painting him with that “get off my lawn” brush. It’s sad to say that Steven Spielberg is no longer the iconic filmmaker that gave people their childhood films in the eighties. He is a grumpy old man that hates technology for someone that brought us Jurassic Park.

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