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Another “Roma” May Not Be Possible At Oscars

March 4, 2019

As much as I liked the movie Roma, and thought it filmed brilliantly, I firmly agree with Steven Spielberg and others who wish to not allow the way this film was elevated for the Oscars to happen again.  Roma a Netflix film backed by massive sums did not play by the same rules as its analog-studio competitors.  And that fact matters.

Spielberg will present his case and propose rule changes that would prevent streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon and Hulu from competing in the Oscars without their projects getting a full theatrical run first.  The argument is easy.  And just.  Films that debut on streaming services or get a short theatrical run should qualify for the Emmys instead of the Oscars. To allow otherwise does not make for an even playing field.  There is a vast difference between streaming and theatrical situations.

There is no doubt legs exist for this move as the debate for weeks prior to the Oscars proved how many were concerned about the way the film gained traction.

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