Monday Movie Report: Netflix advocates for fair Oscar rules

Following comments made by Director Steven Spielberg and before the Academy Board of Governors meet, Netflix is standing up for itself.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Netflix, via Twitter, made comments regarding the future of Academy eligibility rules. On Sunday, Netflix stated “we love cinema” and also said it loves creating “access for people who can’t always afford, or live in towns without theaters.”

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The comments made on the social media platform come after Spielberg, who’s also the Academy’s directors branch governor, stated criticism of Netflix and its model. Recently, Spielberg has been pushing for a rule change, requiring a movie have a more regulated theatrical release for Oscar eligibility, THR reports.

On Oscar Sunday, “Roma,” which was released on Netflix and later had a short theatrical run, earned three Academy Awards. Of the three, the most prestigious award went to Alfonso Cuaron for Best Director.

According to IndieWire, Cuaron said the following about the situation. “I’m a filmmaker. I believe in the theatrical experience. But there has to be diversity. The multiplex theatrical experience is a very gentrified experience… It’s hard to see art-house films. It’s hard to see foreign films. Most theaters play big Hollywood movies.”

The Academy governors are scheduled to meet on the rule book in April.

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At the weekend box office, the third “How to Train Your Dragon” earned first place for the second straight week. The animated sequel took in $30 million, coming in ahead of the latest “Madea” film, which earned $27 million.

The full top five was:

1. How to Train your Dragon 3 – $30,046,000
2. Madea Family Funeral – $27,050,000
3. Alita: Battle Angel – $7,000,000
4. The LEGO Movie 2 – $6,615,000
5. Green Book – $4,711,000

For the upcoming weekend, there will probably be a shake-up, as the major comic book adaptation “Captain Marvel” hits theaters. Currently, BoxOfficePro is tracking “Captain Marvel” for a $140 million + opening weekend.

On the small screen, meanwhile, new releases for home viewing include:

  • The Favourite, my rating: 5 out of 5 (2018 Top 10), Large Association of Movie Blogs rating: 4.31 out of 5, Rotten Tomatoes rating: 93%.
  • Creed II, my rating: 4 out of 5, Large Association of Movie Blogs rating: 3.75 out of 5, Rotten Tomatoes rating: 84%.
  • Ben is Back, Large Association of Movie Blogs rating: 3.20 out of 5, Rotten Tomatoes rating: 81%.
  • Instant Family, Large Association of Movie Blogs rating: 3.10 out of 5, Rotten Tomatoes rating: 81%.
  • Vox Lux, Large Association of Movie Blogs rating: 3.70 out of 5, Rotten Tomatoes rating: 59%.
  • Burning, Large Association of Movie Blogs rating: 4.20 out of 5, Rotten Tomatoes rating: 94%.
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Author: Matthew Liedke

I'm a reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer in Minnesota, and I also have a passion for the art of film. This passion led me to start writing about film in 2008. From 2008-2016 I wrote pieces at my own website, After the Movie Reviews. Then, from 2016-May 2018, my write-ups were featured on AreaVoices, a blog network run by Forum Communications Company. Today, I write film reviews and other pieces here on Word Press. More about me: I'm a 2009 graduate of Rainy River College and a 2012 graduate of Minnesota State University in Moorhead. At MSU, I studied journalism and film. Outside of movies, I enjoy sports, video games, anime and craft beers.

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