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    Morry Boland
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    The cinema industry is on its knees due to the global pandemic.

    Is it appropriate for a streamed movie (Netflix) to win Best Picture for the first time this year?

    Personlly, I do think that Oscar voters may naturally favour/support the theater only release during this difficult time.

    What do you think ?

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    I think people can make the argument, but the reality is there are so few theatrical releases incoming this Oscars season. Nomadland, News of the World, and The Father are the only serious contenders doing a traditional cinema strategy.

    One Night In Miami, Soul, Mank, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Hillbilly Elegy, The Trial of the Chicago 7, Da 5 Bloods – those are all doing some variant of streaming strategies. Some (Soul) aren’t even showing up to cinemas at all.

    Dune, West Side Story, and others got flat out delayed out of this season.

    The French Dispatch, Judas and the Black Messiah, and Respect could all feasibly be delayed.

    Now with all that said – Hollywood punishing Netflix for this situation would be stupid. COVID, and the incompetent management of it, killed cinemas. Being out of action without support, as well as being a potential disease vector, did the damage to cinema. Blaming Netflix for cinema shutdowns in 2020 is like blaming Dua Lipa’s Break My Heart for people staying at home – ignorant of what is actually happening.

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    Appropriate? Streaming/VOD is the future of cinema, whether people like that or not. Netflix winning in BP is an inevitability. “Roma” was the likely runner-up to “Green Book.” 2020 would be the year for this to finally happen, and I’ll applaud it.

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    The industry doesn’t care about movie theaters sorry. They only care about money and, whether thy like it or not, streaming is what is keeping the industry alive during the pandemic.

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    Good point, I do think they’ll want to look like they care about traditional cinema.

    Like people who like Artisanal food :).

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    In 2020, the year where nealy every cinema shut down for about 4 months and will most likely close again, to almost every major film this year either being delayed or put on streaming services, and to nearly all of the best picture contenders this year like Mank and Chicago 7 going to go to Netflix regardless. I would think the word “appropriate” was design for this kind of scenerio.

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    I think there would be a major backlash if a Netflix movie didn’t win BP this year. It would just look petulant on the Academy’s behalf to keep punishing Netflix, especially given what’s going on right now.

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    I think more conservative voters in the TV Academy will undoubtedly punish Netflix. Even if it means rewarding Amazon for One Night in Miami.

    If they want to punish Netflix for a crime they didn’t commit, why would they want to give a BP win to any streaming service or non-theatrical release?

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    It’s very ironic that the movie that celebrates old Hollywood and traditional filmmaking is coming from a streaming service. The Oscars will have to choose between their love of themselves and their apprehension of the streaming world.

    A real conundrum for Oscar voters if there ever was one.

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    Appropriate? Streaming/VOD is the future of cinema, whether people like that or not. Netflix winning in BP is an inevitability. “Roma” was the likely runner-up to “Green Book.” 2020 would be the year for this to finally happen, and I’ll applaud it.

    Well…that didn’t happen.

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    Well…that didn’t happen.

    It’s not like you’re psychic either. A streamer will win BP one day.

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    It’s not like you’re psychic either. A streamer will win BP one day.

    And watch to be a proper Hulu original next time around.

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    Get ready people. It’s probably the year. The front runner is “The Power of the Dog” still I think. Only one I think tht could give it a run fr its money is WSS but will they reward a remake? That is yet to be seen

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    This time last year I was sceptical about Netflix winning Best Picture anytime soon because the bias still felt quite strong but between The Crown and The Queen’s Gambit clearing up at the Emmys, the advancement of streaming, shorter PVOD windows, day and date releases, the fact everyone has a streaming service at this point (WB’s day and date releases on HBO Max) and the fact that the bias is eroding as more and more people in Hollywood works more and more with Netflix to create original “adult dramas”…

    …it’s only a matter of time.

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