Netflix Makes Its Case to the Academy Ahead of Oscars Eligibility Meeting

Alfonso Cuaron accepts the Best Director award for 'Roma' onstage during the 91st Annual Academy Awards-Oscars 2019-Getty-H 2019
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The streamer's official film Twitter account tweeted about the company's "love" of cinema.

Netflix Film's official Twitter account succinctly laid out its case for continued Oscar consideration for its films ahead of the next Academy Board of Governors meeting where eligibility rules are set to be discussed. 

On Sunday night, the streamer's film account tweeted "we love cinema" but also that the company loved providing "access for people who can't always afford, or live in towns without theaters," as well as "letting everyone, everywhere enjoy releases at the same time" and "giving filmmakers more ways to share art." 

The tweet ended by suggesting that loving cinema and the Netflix model was "not mutually exclusive." 

Netflix's Roma won three Oscars at the 91st Academy Awards, but failed to clinch the best picture award despite being the odds on favorite with some speculating that film faced a backlash.

Since the Oscars, Netflix has come under sustained criticism from film industry bodies and Hollywood heavyweights to conform to more traditional theatrical releases for its award-worthy films.

Steven Spielberg, the Academy's directors branch governor, has been particularly vocal in his criticism of Netflix and its model pertaining to films. Spielberg is pushing for a rule change at the Academy that would require a movie to have an exclusive theatrical window of at least four weeks to be eligible for major Oscars.

Ben Affleck — whose Triple Frontier is in theaters for one week, starting March 6, and then will be on Netflix — has also weighed in on the debate and Spielberg's push. "I think what he was saying was that he believes there should be a robust theatrical release for movies and really, it's not so much a debate about one company or another as — how long should a movie be in theaters to be considered a movie versus television?" he said on the Today show Monday. "And those lines are getting blurred because people are consuming on their phones and on the internet, and on the TV, so the business is changing."

March 4, 6: 40 a.m. Updated to include Ben Affleck interview.