Steven Spielberg continues his quest to push filmmakers to make films for theaters and not just for television.
"I hope we all continue to believe that the greatest contribution we can make as filmmakers is to offer the public a theatrical experience," the director's legend said Saturday evening by accepting the Filmmaker awards at the CAS Awards from the Cinema Audio Society at the InterContinental Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. "I firmly believe that cinemas must be eternal."
Although he did not mention any names nor streaming network nor network, Mr. Spielberg said: "I love television. I like the opportunity. Some of today's greatest writings are about television, some of the best directors, and some of the best performances. [are] on television today. The sound is better in the houses than ever before in history, but nothing beats going to a big dark theater with people you've never met before and having an unforgettable experience. This is something we all really believe in.
In March 2018, Spielberg spoke out against the Oscar-winning Netflix movies. "Once you have engaged in a television format, you are a TV movie," he told ITV News. "If you have a good show, you certainly deserve an Emmy, but not an Oscar. I do not believe that films that receive only symbolic qualifications in some theaters for less than a week may qualify for the Oscar nomination. "
Netflix's "Roma" will be performing at the Oscars on Sunday, February 24 with 10 nominations, including best film and director for Alfonso Cuarón, after the film was screened in a limited theatrical window.
Ted Sarandos, Netflix's content manager, said in front of Dealmakers' annual breakfast, stating, "I love the theatrical experience and we are not in conflict with anyone, I think that we are complementary. [“Roma”] is great on the big screen, but most people do not have access to that. What I want to do is connect people with movies that they will love. And they will love the "Roma". They'll love it on the phone, they'll love it on a big screen. "
Bradley Cooper presented the award to Spielberg "for constantly pushing the limits of dozens of years of incredible work and for appreciating the contributions made by sound not only to your films, but also to your films."
The director of "A Star Is Born" said that Spielberg was an idol for all "new directors", but then added: "f- que – [to] all directors since. "