Netflix, Amazon score win in Oscars rule battle

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Published on April 24, 2019 - Duration: 01:38s

Netflix, Amazon score win in Oscars rule battle

In a win for Netflix, Amazon and other internet streaming services, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has voted not to change its rules for winning an Oscar, Hollywood’s top prize.

Yahaira Jacquez reports.

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Netflix, Amazon score win in Oscars rule battle

And the vote goes to...the streaming services.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has decided against rules that would've made it harder for films on Netflix, Amazon and other streaming platforms to be eligible for an Oscar.

After a vote on Tuesday, the Academy will keep the current rules in place, that say any movie can qualify as long as it runs in a theater for seven days in Los Angeles.

It can also be streamed on or after the first day of their theatrical run.

The decision comes after Hollywood was locked in a bitter battle over how long a movie must play on the big screens before its available for streaming.

And one of the most high-profile players pushing back on streaming platforms was Steven Spielberg - who said movies shown on the small screen should compete for the Emmys.

(SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) STEVEN SPIELBERG SAYING: "My entire life has been spent trying to give audiences something in a large, large forum I love the whole feeling of social interaction outside.

You leave your house, you park your car, you go somewhere.

Those are the kinds of audiences I like to talk to." The contentious debate started after Netflix's Roma walked away with 3 Oscars and competed in the best picture category at this year's Academy Awards.

Also weighing in on the issue was the U.S. Justice Department warning the academy in a letter that rules which might hurt streaming services' eligibility could run afoul of federal anti-trust laws.

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