“Television is greater today than it’s ever been in history,” Steven Spielberg told ITV in a recent interview about his upcoming film “Ready Player One” (watch above). He believes the medium boasts “better writing, better directing, better performances, and better stories” than there have ever been before on the small screen. However, “it poses a clear and present danger to filmgoers.” And the advent of streaming is additionally posing a threat to big-screen awards contenders, as evidenced by films like “Mudbound” from Netflix. Spielberg doesn’t think the Oscars are the appropriate venue for those movies. He thinks they should be up for Emmys instead. Do you agree?
“Once you commit to a television format, you’re a TV movie,” he explains. “You certainly, if it’s a good show, deserve an Emmy, but not an Oscar. I don’t believe that films that are just given token qualifications in a couple of theaters for less than a week should qualify for the Academy Award nominations.” But he admits that nowadays motion picture studios are more interested in sure-thing blockbusters than in risky original projects, which are often migrating to streaming distributors.
If streaming movies were barred from the Oscars and competed at the Emmys instead, there could be major impacts to both industries. First, it might make filmmakers hesitant to sign with a streaming distributor if they think they’re forfeiting their chance at Hollywood’s most prestigious and recognizable award. At the same time it might also drastically increase the prestige of the Emmys, which are increasingly celebrating the kinds of talents we’re more accustomed to seeing at the multiplex. Last year alone the awards recognized performances by Oscar champs Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Susan Sarandon, Jessica Lange, Geoffrey Rush and Robert De Niro, among other marquee names. Could the Emmys even start to eclipse the Oscars for industry prestige?
Where do you think streaming movies belong? Do you agree with Spielberg that the Oscars are no place for content that’s primarily distributed online? Vote in our poll below.
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