Netflix’s move to put its streaming film content in the path of award giving bodies suffered a tremendous setback at the Golden Globe Awards Night.
“The Irishman” failed to win any of the 5 nominations for which it was cited. It was as if the nominations were given just to dangle hopes of winning a Golden Globe award — considering that there is still very strong resistance in the film industry. .
Why Do Many in the Film and Theater Industry Hate Netflix?
Some of the important issues against the streaming giant’s move to invade the film and theater industry Include:
- Keeping its right to not report box office figures;
- Netflix’s non-observance of the 90-day window before putting up films for private TV viewing;
- Netflix’s unfair advantage of having the capability to stream movies 24/7 in 190 countries.
Stephen Spielberg for one, strongly believes that Netflix and other streaming companies who release their new movies at the same time they are being shown in theaters, should be disqualified from the Academy Awards. As a matter of fact,
Spielberg as the Academy’s governor for the Director branch had actively pushed for rule changes that would completely bar Netflix and others like it, from receiving recognition for excellence from the American Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences.
As far as Spielberg is concerned, streaming companies like Nextflix should vie for awards only in the Emmy arena. He firmly believes that there is a great deal of difference between streaming and theatrical presentations.
Director Spielberg is not alone because the discussions prevailing among members during screening and parties delve on the Oscar voter’s role in giving awards to players in the motion picture industry, not the entertainment industry as a whole.
One veteran award campaign strategist and Oscar voter had asked that if that is the case, “What do the Motion Picture Academy Awards stand for”?
Academy member Peter Bart had voiced plans of voting against Netflix’s nominees, to deny the digital giant’s realization of earning the Hollywood bragging rights it has so vigorously pursued.
Peter Bart, who is an American journalist, film producer, and currently a columnist for Deadline Hollywood, as well as the longest serving editor-in-chief (1989-2009) of Variety, has stated outright that he does not want Netflix to win an award; even it the streaming behemoth has proven it has the resources to muscle its way into the Oscars.
In an online point by point debate with film writer Mike Fleming, Bart wrote
“I want to keep theaters and the moviegoing experience to be around. I do not want to see the streaming universe as represented by Netflix, get rewarded with Oscars just because they complied with a symbolic one-week theater presentation.
Although the purported snubbing of “The Irishman” at the Golden Globe portends as potential hostile reception in the Oscar event, many believe that Netflix will draw on its resources and the collective drawing power of Scorsese, De Niro and Pesci in ramping up “The Irsihman’s” chances during the final weeks of the Oscar voting process.
Yet the re-emerging stories and contentions about the Scorsese film’s large use of a highly inaccurate material in presenting a supposedly non-fiction crime drama, seem to be influencing the theater-viewing public’s interest in watching “The Irishman.”