Roma won Alfonso Cuaron an Oscar for Best Director, but Steven Spielberg isn’t having it. He doesn’t think Netflix original movies should be nominated, and he wants the Academy to block the streaming giant, and others like it, from being eligible in the future. This, naturally, has caused some big backlash, perhaps most notably from acclaimed director Ava DuVernay, who is working on a few original Netflix projects herself, and could be eligible for an Oscar sometime in the future.
Roma‘s Oscar win this year was a big deal for Netflix, who shelled out millions of dollars in their campaign for the award. Roma also scored a Best Picture nomination, though it lost out to Green Book, which faced a controversy of its own following the awards ceremony.
Roma isn’t actually Netflix’s first triumphant at the Oscars, either. In 2017, the streaming service was just starting to dip its toe into awards season, and won Best Documentary Short Film for The White Helmets. Some directors have taken big issue with Netflix in the past, but Roma‘s Best Director win has pushed everything to a boil. Now Steven Spielberg is getting proactive and speaking out.
She has already made 13th for Netflix and has When They See Us on the way soon. She is asking for those in opposition to Spielberg to speak out. It’s not clear where Alfonso Cuaron stands on all of this, with his Oscar now safe and secure in his hands. It’s likely that he’ll collaborate with the streaming giant again. And there is already an awards push happening for Scorsese’s The Irishman, and it’s not out for months. Would he dare side with Spielberg and take himself out of the running? This news comes from The AV Club.