It occurs to me that the Emmys have done a good job of staking their claim to online entertainment by embracing Netflix, Amazon, and various other online platforms and programming, and I wonder if the Oscars have maybe dropped the ball. Now the Emmys have planted their flag in perhaps the biggest and fastest growing entertainment center in the world (the internet), while the Oscars retain their distributional purity test.
Given how people consume media these days, the idea that a movie can play in a theater in Los Angeles no one else in the country has access to and be eligible for Oscars while a movie that is available on-demand nationwide can be disqualified is starting to seem kinda silly to me.
Absolutely. If they allowed on-demand films to be contenders, then The Babadook might have been a critical dark horse, in particular for Best Actress for Essie Davis, who would’ve disproved the notion that it was a ‘weak year for actresses’.
I think this is probably where “art house cinema” is likely headed so yeah, they’ll have to look into it.
It’s a double edged sword… I think it’s good to allow smaller films that have to go the route of on demand to compete, but I do think that it would also encourage more studios to put movies out this way and take away from theater experiences. So I’m on the fence.