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Steven Spielberg might be in bed with Apple, but he's not a fan of all streaming. In fact, he reckons Netflix's films shouldn't be eligible for the Oscars. Shortly after his comments, Netflix was banned from competing in the Cannes Film Festival.

According to the Hollywood legend, Netflix's film output is more akin to made-for-TV films, mainly because they don't have a long enough run in cinemas.

"I don't believe that films that are just given token qualifications, in a couple of theatres for less than a week, should qualify for the Academy Award nominations," he told ITV News. "Fewer and fewer filmmakers are going to struggle to raise money or to compete at Sundance and possibly get one of the specialty labels to release their films theatrically.

"More of them are going to let the SVOD [streaming video on demand] businesses finance their films, maybe with the promise of a slight, one-week theatrical window to qualify for awards. But, in fact, once you commit to a television format, you're a TV movie.

"If it's a good show, you deserve an Emmy. But not an Oscar."

As if standing in solidarity with Spielberg, Thierry Frémaux, the head of the Cannes Film festival, has said that while Netflix is welcome to screen its films at Cannes, only those with a release in French cinemas will be eligible for the coveted Palme d'Or award. And that rules out Netflix.

"Last year, when we selected ['The Meyerowitz Stories' and 'Okja', both Netflix films], I thought I could convince Netflix to release them in cinemas," he said. "I was presumptuous, they refused.

"The Netflix people loved the red carpet and would like to be present with other films. But they understand that the intransigence of their own model is now the opposite of ours."

Source: Independent, The Hollywood Reporter

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