With the Oscars still in the media spotlight, some veterans of the industry are upset at how significant of a presence Netflix had at the awards show this year (cue angry old man yelling at the sky). Apparently, they believe that for a movie to be considered for an Oscar it must first have a theatrical release of at least four weeks. In other words, movies that are only released online don't deserve to be nominated alongside "traditional" movies which are released in the cinemas.
I love going to the movies. If you saw my post about my favourite movies of 2018 you'll know that it's one of my favourite pastimes. But I have absolutely no problem with Netflix movies (or movies from any other streaming service) being nominated for Oscars alongside other movies which were released in the cinema. To me, a movie is a movie, regardless if you watch it in the cinema, on your TV, on your PC, or your smartphone. Netflix unsurprisingly, responded to this with a very succinct tweet.
Watching movies in a cinema is a great experience. The big screen. The heart-pounding surround sound. The collective responses of the entire audience to something that happens in the movie (the way everyone in the cinema gasped when Iron Man was stabbed by Thanos in Infinity War for example). But that doesn't mean movies that are released online should be looked down upon. They offer their own experience, like being able to watch whenever and wherever you please, a library full of movies which are no longer showing in cinema, and perhaps more importantly, as Netflix pointed out in their tweet, accessibility.
I feel like movies that are released online can and should be held in the same regard as movies that are released in the cinema. Just because they are released online does not mean the people who made the movies worked any less than the people who work on "theatrical" movies. I have no experience in film-making, but I'm sure the directors, cinematographers and directors of photography, casting directors, costume designers, script writers, editors, stuntmen, and of course, the cast, all work just as hard for Netflix movies, as I'm sure they would for "traditional" movies as well. As such, I say keep the nominations coming for Netflix (and streaming) films. Times are changing, and it's about time the old guard of Hollywood learns to adapt.