It’s not always easy to see all the big Oscars movies before the big show. However, some theaters out there have special showcases that allow viewers to quickly catch up so that they’re not just rooting for that ONE movie they managed to check out during the January doldrums. It’s a great little service theaters provide, but if you were hoping for them to include EVERY film, you’ll have to think again.
Though Roma‘s numerous Oscar nominations (including Best Picture) have helped give Netflix some much-needed validation from the pretentious upper crust of the film industry (who I hear smoke pipe tobacco and pronounce the word vase like “vawze”), it still isn’t being treated completely like the rest of the big kids on the playground.
According to Yahoo!, AMC and Regal Cinemas will not be playing the Netflix film as a part of their yearly showcases. Here’s what AMC had to say in a statement.
“For more than a decade, movie-lovers have enjoyed the AMC best picture showcase to catch up on the nominated films that played at AMC throughout the prior year. This year, Academy members nominated a film that was never licensed to AMC to play in our theatres. As such, it is not included in the AMC best picture showcase.”
As someone who has been covering the snobbery from the film industry for years, I was ready to hate on this one, but given that there simply was no licensing agreement here, I guess it makes sense. It is a shame, as Roma is a gorgeous-looking film that I’m sure would benefit from the big screen treatment.
All that aside, it is available to stream on Netflix RIGHT NOW, so if you really wanted to check it out it really wouldn’t be that difficult…provided you have a Netflix account. You DO have a Netflix account, don’t you?
What do you think of this announcement? Do you think AMC should have gone the extra mile to showcase all the big Oscar movies? Let us know your thoughts down below!
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