Netflix may already have Oscars beneath its belt, but its popularity by using the Academy of motion photo Arts and Sciences hangs within the balance.

the celebrated frame is about to reexamine whether or not the streaming giant will stay eligible for such awards, regardless of a warning from the usa Justice department that would violate antitrust laws.

"We've received a letter from the department.

. Of Justice and have responded thus," the Academy said in a announcement, confirming reports in variety mag.

movie director Steven Spielberg has advised that Netflix films have to no longer be eligible for Oscars, but as a substitute for Emmy Awards exceeded to the celebs and creators of tv shows.

"once you decide to a tv layout, you're a tv movie," said Spielberg, who's started working with new streaming platform Apple television+.

but for US authorities, "such conduct may boost antitrust concerns." In its letter to the Academy, the Justice branch expressed worries that new restrictions could "suppress competition."

The Academy, for its element, clearly says it's going to meet on April 23 for an annual assembly at the rules of the Oscars.

Netflix declined to comment, however remaining month tweeted: "we love cinema."

"here are some matters we also love: access for people who can't always have the funds for, or stay in cities without, theaters; Letting all people, anywhere revel in releases on the equal time; Giving filmmakers extra approaches to proportion art," it delivered.

"this stuff aren't jointly extraordinary."

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US antitrust legal guidelines exist to alter businesses to promote fair competition and defend customers.

recently, authorities blocked the takeover of media massive Time Warner with the aid of telecoms organization AT&T, on the grounds that it might reduce out opposition and raises charges for clients.

In this case, the Justice department "wants to avoid having to intrude by using way of a lawsuit," stated C. Kerry Fields, a enterprise economics professor on the college of Southern California.

The Academy did no longer display its response to the Justice branch's letter, but Kerry Fields counseled it "can also reason the Academy to be greater circumspect and careful."

"I'm sure there are numerous humans on the Academy board that are uneasy approximately taking up the branch of Justice," he delivered.

Fueled via Netflix's haul at this yr's Academy Awards, inclusive of three statues for Mexican Alfonso Cuaron's "Roma," underlying all that is a warfare among the sector of antique cinema and the brand new global of streaming services.

For Kerry Fields, it is unexpected the united states government have sided with the latter.

"it's far a titanesque conflict: one which pits old codecs towards a new one," he stated.

"For a whole lot of younger human beings, it's the proper decision but i might have thought they could have sided with the Academy."