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Should movies produced for streaming platforms be eligible for awards? Show more Show less
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In recent years it has become more and more common for movies produced for streaming platforms (like Netflix, Amazon and Hulu) to be nominated for prestigious awards like Oscars or Golden Globes. However, some argue that these are not cinematic art like movies released through major studios and therefore should be ineligible. Are movies released by streaming platforms on the same level as major studios?

No, organizations making awards have the right to set their award standards Show more Show less

Awards are usually granted based on set criteria by the award-granting organization. It is their decision on how clear and open they want to be with those guidelines.
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Streams are not a viable way to judge audience reception

Streaming breeds a different standard of critical and public reception than traditional theatrical release movies. Changing the rules this late in the game would upset the standards the Academy is already fighting to maintain.

The Argument

Direct-to-stream movie companies operate using different corporate patterns and legal standards than theatrical-release producers.[1] Streaming services use different promotional methods to advertise their content and can boost views and ratings using user information and algorithms that traditional theaters do not have access to.[2] The film industry, which has already undergone rapid change in a short period of time due to the massive advancement in critically-acclaimed television and new diversity standards, should take the time to settle into those new changes before shifting the status quo yet again. Streaming is also the gateway to pirating, which damages all aspects of the entertainment industry.[3] Standards for direct-to-stream movies are fundamentally different from theatrical release movies, and to merge the two without careful consideration could be detrimental to the longevity of critical reception.[4] Rules and regulations for criticisms need to be reconsidered, and this should be done without the mounting pressure of digitization forcing their hand. If streaming services are allowed to produce award-eligible content released directly on their platforms, there should be a period of critical review in which award organizations ensure that Netflix, Hulu, Prime, and the like are held to equivalent standards.

Counter arguments

Streaming is one of the only reasons movies continue to be successful outside of their theatrical release. Streaming has become so successful because it tapped into an existing market: the desire to watch movies from home and the desire to get more for your money in terms of access to a variety of content (of varying quality and entertainment value). The Academy is holding up exclusionary practices at the expense of streaming services that have produced content equal to theatrical release studios.

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  1. https://www.cnbc.com/2020/04/23/why-hollywood-is-sticking-with-movie-theaters-and-not-streaming.html
  2. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-film-theaters/cinema-vs-streaming-the-battle-over-when-and-where-you-can-see-movies-idUSKCN1RM13V
  3. https://www.nme.com/features/streaming-services-have-saved-cinemas-but-now-theyre-kicking-them-while-theyre-down-2659161
  4. https://georgedavisonstudios.com/blog/should-streaming-platforms-be-eligible-for-awards/
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