Netflix at the Oscars
So how does Netflix fit into this? Netflix movies have budgets, and major directors and actors attached, and they aim for a cinematic experience. In terms of quality, they seek to be indistinguishable from a movie released on the Big Screen. They do not flow like movies made on television at all. So do films initially released on Netflix have a place at the Oscars?
My sentiments align with Spielberg's. He has made things for screens of all sizes. He also loves video games. The guy is aware of the various different mediums of entertainment, I agree that each medium should have its own separate awards ceremony. People are telling him to get with the times and acknowledge that Netflix movies are not inferior to theatrical movies, but I actually think that he's ahead of his time, as he always has been.
Here's how I see it: online streaming services should have their own award ceremony for their medium. They have reached the point where they have become distinctive enough as a medium that they cannot be categorized as TV or Big Screen, and they are mainstream enough to deserve their own ceremony. Think about it: there's not just Netflix, but Hulu, Youtube, Amazon, and more. Disney is coming out with its own pretty soon. You can bet that in the next decade, new entrepreneurs will pop up. If you try and lump this in with the Oscars, you're essentially denying that this is its own unique and upcoming thing with its own distinct identity. You're trying to define it in terms of the past and in terms of its visionary future.
Streaming isn't like TV, because it often doesn't rely on commercial breaks. It isn't like the Big Screen, not just because of the different sensory experience but because it creates an entirely different kind of communal experience. It's just so different. It can create magic just as much as TV and the Big Screen, but it's its own kind of magic.
If I may, when such an awards ceremony becomes mainstream, I propose that they be called the
EDIT: Guys, I take that back. Such an awards ceremony should be called the PEWDIE AWARDS. Also, make sure to never, ever subscribe to Youtube channels run by large corporations and record label companies. Losers who live in their mothers' basements, unite! WE SHALL BE REPRESENTED!