Hollywood’s Netfix Obsession.

Robert Massimi.
With Netflix on the rise, Hollywood does not want it competing with the Oscar’s. People like Spielberg and Nolan are putting up major resistance.
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Film Directors Make It Tougher for Netflix to Win Top Awards
Anousha Sakoui, Bloomberg News

(Bloomberg) — It may be mostly symbolic, but the guild that represents Hollywood directors like Steven Spielberg and Christopher Nolan has drawn a line in the sand for streaming companies that want to compete for the industry’s most-prestigious awards.

The Directors Guild of America, whose top award each year can signal who wins the Oscar for best picture, has changed its rules to favor films released in theaters. As a result, a movie that opens simultaneously in theaters and online can’t vie for the guild’s Outstanding Directorial Achievement honor, according to a statement Wednesday.

The decision underscores the divide between traditionalists, like Spielberg and Nolan, who want their films seen in theaters, and newcomers like Netflix, along with the new, diverse voices it supports.

While Netflix Inc. gives its award-worthy movies an exclusive, if short, theatrical run before streaming in homes, the majority of its films and documentaries are only online. The rule would also take out of contention many movies planned by studios for their own future streaming services.

So far, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, which hands out the Oscars, isn’t going along, though its policies are under discussion. The academy, which now includes many members who have worked with Netflix, allows so-called day and date releases to compete for its prizes.

To contact the reporter on this story: Anousha Sakoui in Los Angeles at asakoui@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Nick Turner at nturner7@bloomberg.net, Rob Golum, Christopher Palmeri

©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

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Author: nobullwithragingrobert

Was a drama critic at Manhattan College. Wrote professionally for Bergen News, Sun Bulletin . Alpha Sigma Lambda, Beta Theta. Has seen over 600 shows worldwide, has published both on Theater and Politics. Avid reader on many subjects and writers. Chief Drama critic for Metropolitan magazine. Writes for Jerrick media, American conservative, The City Journal and Reason magazine. Has produced shows both on and off Broadway.

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