Netflix makes statement as Steven Spielberg calls for ban at Oscars

Netflix has declared that its love of cinema and desire to bring films to people at home are "not mutually exclusive".

Netflix representatives have declared "we love cinema" as Steven Spielberg campaigns for streaming service-made movies to be ineligible for the Oscars.

The Jurassic Park director has been vocal in his criticism of Netflix and how Netflix bosses give some of their films a short theatrical run to make them eligible for the Oscars even though they are available to watch at home the same day.

Over the weekend (02-03Mar19), it was reported that the veteran filmmaker was pushing for a rule change following the success of Alfonso Cuaron's Roma, a Netflix film, at the 2019 Academy Awards, where it was nominated for 10 prizes, including Best Picture, and won three.

Spielberg, the Academy's directors branch governor, is reportedly set to introduce the idea of a change in eligibility rules at an upcoming board meeting, in which he will apparently push for films to have an exclusive theatrical window of at least four weeks to qualify for major Oscars.

Netflix representatives have seemingly responded to the headlines by making a clear statement about their position on cinema via a Twitter post on Monday.

"We love cinema. Here are some things we also love," they wrote on the official Netflix Film account. "-Access for people who can't always afford, or live in towns without, theaters -Letting everyone, everywhere enjoy releases at the same time -Giving filmmakers more ways to share art. These things are not mutually exclusive."

In a statement to IndieWire, a spokesman for Spielberg's production company, Amblin Entertainment, 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."

The news has reignited the debate about Netflix's place within cinema, with Ava DuVernay, whose 2016 documentary 13th was distributed by Netflix, one of those to criticise Spielberg's sentiment.

"One of the things I value about Netflix is that it distributes black work far/wide. 190 countries will get (miniseries) WHEN THEY SEE US," she tweeted. "I’ve had just one film distributed wide internationally. Not SELMA. Not WRINKLE (in Time). It was 13TH. By Netflix. That matters."

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