Directors Guild of America changes pricing rules to make it harder for films released on streaming sites such as Netflix to win their highest honor – and the Oscars can follow
- The Directors Guild of America (DGA) have decided to make it harder for Netflix and other streaming sites to win their top prize
- Film makers cannot now do their work in theaters and online simultaneously on the same & # 39; day and date & # 39; bring out
- The change could affect Netflix, with many of his films debuting online and only a handful of a short exclusive period in theaters
- The new rule announced on Wednesday could give preference to traditional filmmakers instead of the new, smaller voices of directors appearing on streaming sites
- The DGA has stated that this rule only applies to their excellent directing performance in the cinema film category
- Previous nominees would all be eligible to win, including this year's winner, Mexican director Alfonso Cuarón for Roma
The Directors Guild of America (DGA) have made a decision that will make it harder for Netflix to win their top prize.
The unanimous decision of the National Council states that filmmakers cannot release their work on a streaming service on the same & # 39; day and date & # 39; that it premieres in theaters.
The statement only applies to the top film worship of the Guild that they have now been renamed & # 39; Excellent directing performance in cinema film & # 39 ;.
This could mean favoring traditional filmmakers over those who work for streaming services, including Netflix.
The DGA revealed the change in a statement on Wednesday, but stated that it has not affected previous film nominees.
The top judgments of the annual ceremony of the Directors Guild Of America Awards often serve as an indication for which film the coveted Oscar could be picked up for the best image.
Currently, the Academy of Film Arts and Sciences, which awards the Oscars, has not attended, although they are reviewing their policies according to Bloomberg.
DGA Chairman Thomas Schlamme (left) announced the unanimous vote to change their eligibility rules, making it more difficult for Netflix to achieve the highest honor
The 71st Annual Directors Guild Of America Awards at The Ray Dolby Ballroom in February this year in Hollywood, California. With (L-R) DGA chairman Thomas Schlamme, Guillermo del Toro, 2018 DGA Feature Film Award winner for & # 39; Roma & # 39; Alfonso Cuaron and DGA National executive director Russell Hollander
President Thomas Schlamme said: & # 39; The DGA is proud to confirm that a first-release theatrical release is a distinctive element of our feature film award.
The DGA confirmed that none of their previous nominees were not eligible to win, including this year's winner, Mexican director Alfonso Cuarón, for Roma
& # 39; We celebrate the important role that theatrical cinema has played in bringing the audience together while experiencing films together as the filmmakers wanted to show them.
& # 39; We are also proud to recognize all the work created by our members in the many categories and formats that are part of the DGA Awards. & # 39;
Due to the rule change adopted on Saturday, films released simultaneously in cinemas and online will not be eligible to win at next year's 72nd prize award.
This would not have affected this year's winner, the film director Alfonso Cuarón for Roma, who was released in independent theaters in Mexico before appearing in the service.
But it can affect the new and diverse voices broadcast via Netflix and other streaming services, according to Bloomberg.
For some & # 39; award-worthy movies & # 39; Netflix will offer the theaters an exclusive but short theater performance before they are launched on their platform, the site reports.
But most films and documentaries from the streaming service giant are immediately brought to the service or released at the same time.
Netflix has yet to make a statement about the changes. But despite the announcement, their stock prices remain stable at $ 370.02, an increase of $ 7.82 – an increase of 2.16%.
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