US Justice Department has sent a warning to The Academy that it could violate antitrust laws. Despite it, the body will review whether Netflix will remain eligible for such awards or not.
“We’ve received a letter from the Dept. of Justice and have responded accordingly,” the Academy said in a statement.
Film director Steven Spielberg, who will soon work with the new streaming platform Apple TV+, has suggested that Netflix films should not be eligible for Oscars, but instead for Emmy Awards handed to the stars and creators of television shows.
“Once you commit to a television format, you’re a TV movie,” said Spielberg.
In its letter to the Academy, the Department of Justice showed concerns that new constraints could “suppress competition.”
On the other hand, The Academy says that it will meet on April 23 for an annual meeting on to review rules of the Oscars.
However, Netflix refused to comment on the matter, but last month tweeted: “We love cinema. Here are some things we also love: Access for people who can’t always afford or live in towns without, theaters; Letting everyone, everywhere enjoy releases at the same time; Giving filmmakers more ways to share art.”