I couldn't agree more.
If old-guard filmmakers like Steven Spielberg want to get people out of their houses and watching movies in theaters, there are much more positive things they could be doing than trying to gatekeep the Academy Awards.
This is especially awful considering that so many of today's older filmmakers began their careers as scrappy young upstarts challenging the norms of the old Hollywood establishment. Spielberg himself used to sneak into film studios as a kid, and got started as a director by doing low-budget TV movies. He had to prove again and again to the old guard that he wasn't just some snot-nosed know-nothing kid. Even after he had directed huge blockbusters like Jaws and Raiders of the Lost Ark, many in Hollywood didn't see him as a "serious" filmmaker because they considered those films low art.
I love movies. I watch movies constantly. I love that I can watch them from the comfort of my home. I've invested in a very nice home theater system so that the movies I watch at home look and sound spectacular. I've discovered so many wonderful movies this way that I never could have seen in theaters even if I had wanted to. Netflix, iTunes, and Amazon have helped make it possible. They've also helped usher in a golden age of television that has forced feature filmmakers to step up their game, which is a good thing.
Many years ago, before I could afford a great home theater system, I used to rent DVDs from Blockbuster and lie in bed watching movies late into the night with my laptop on my chest. I loved movies just as much then as I do now. Someone who watches movies on a tablet or a phone today is no less valid a movie lover than someone who watches them in IMAX.
One of my favorite directors, Steven Soderbergh, won the Best Director Oscar for Traffic in 2001. He now shoots movies entirely on iPhones and has experimented with releasing them directly to streaming platforms. Should he no longer be eligible for an Oscar because of his choice of camera, or because he'd prefer not to work with traditional theatrical distributors?
I believe someone who truly loves movies should love great movies no matter how they're made or distributed.