For years, Netflix has been vying for credibility within the industry. It was snubbed in 2016, when Beasts of No Nation garnered exactly zero Oscar nominations, despite it having an outstanding performance from Idris Elba, and earlier this year, during the Cannes Film Festival, audiences booed when the Netflix logo popped up during a screening of Okja.
There’s indeed a lot of old-school mentality bleeding into the way the Oscars are run, and it sounds like they’re working to address that. Deadline reports that there was a recent meeting involving 300 members (and it was the second members-only meeting in its history), and on their list of topics was the need to define what a movie is.
In order for a film to be considered for their awards, there are certain prerequisites required, including a minimum number of theater showtimes in certain cities, and there are some members who don’t think movies that “buy” slots in theaters for a week should be eligible to compete with standard releases. Does this practice, in fact, cheapen the process?
It’s hard to say, but it looks like that the presence of Netflix is starting to bring all these questions to the forefront, and in a world where the landscape seems to change every six months, it becomes increasingly important.
Do you think the Oscars is long overdue to revisit some of these issues, and should a movie be able to “buy” slots in a theater and compete for an Oscar? Let us know your thoughts down below!
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