DOJ TO ACADEMY: DON’T CANCEL NETFLIX

The Netflix-produced film Roma won a number of categories at the Academy Awards (commonly known as the Oscars) this year, although it fell short of winning the grand prize of Best Picture.  After the awards aired, director and Academy member Steven Spielberg announced at a meeting of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (the “Academy,” which puts on the Oscars each year) that he supported changes to the Oscar rules that would have excluded Roma from eligibility entirely.  These proposed changes caught the eye of the Department of Justice Antitrust Division, which decided that it wanted a vote. Academy rules require that a film have at least a limited theatrical run in Los Angeles to be eligible for a nomination.  Netflix has taken various approaches to complying with this rule.  Roma was in theaters for three weeks before being available for streaming to Netflix subscribers.  Past films, like the Oscar-nominated Mudbound, were…

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