Apr 24, 2019

Streamers win big battle over Oscar nominations

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The Academy of Motion Picture and Arts and Sciences announced Tuesday that it voted to allow streaming services like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime to be eligible for Academy Award nominations, even if their movies mostly live on the small screen.

Why it matters: The decision ends a bitter fight between legacy Hollywood heavyweights and tech giants over whether streamers should be eligible for Oscars.

Details: The Academy's Board of Governors voted to maintain a rule that in order to be eligible for awards consideration, a movie must run in a Los Angeles County commercial theater for at least 7 days, with at least 3 screenings per day for paid admission.

  • It also clarified that movies released on streaming services on or after the first day of their theatrical release remain eligible.
  • This means that films from streaming services like Netflix will remain eligible for Oscars nominations, so long as they put their movie in an L.A. theater for a few days when they release it on their app.

The backdrop: The dispute took center stage in March when Steven Spielberg suggested a rules change that would disqualify movies that debut on streaming services or only appear in a short theatrical window.

  • Weeks later, Variety reported that DOJ antitrust chief Makan Delrahim sent a letter to the Academy warning that it would be in violation of competition law if it voted to make streaming services ineligible for Oscar nominations.
  • Netflix, Amazon and other streamers have been increasing their presence at awards shows over the past few years as they invest more heavily in content. Netflix's black and white overseas film "Roma" received 3 Oscars this year, but was passed up for Best Picture.

The big picture: The Oscars eligibility fight underscores a bigger riff between legacy Hollywood players and tech newcomers. The fight extends beyond the movie industry to TV and music.

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FBI to investigate death of black man after video shows officer kneeling on neck

A man protesting near the area where a Minneapolis Police Department officer allegedly killed George Floyd. Photo: Kerem Yucel/AFP via Getty Images

The FBI will investigate the death of a black man for possible civil rights violations after video emerged of a Minneapolis police officer kneeling on the man's neck for several minutes, ignoring protests that he couldn't breathe, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

The big picture: The man, identified as George Floyd, was being arrested for alleged forgery and appeared to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs, according to a police press conference Monday night. Police say he resisted arrest before suffering from “medical distress."

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Pentagon watchdog sidelined by Trump resigns

Fine testiying before the Senate Judiciary Committee in 2017. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Glenn Fine, the Pentagon's principal deputy inspector general, submitted his resignation on Tuesday.

Why it matters: President Trump removed Fine as the Pentagon's acting inspector general in April 7 after a group of independent federal watchdogs selected him to lead the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee, which was set up to oversee the rollout of the $2 trillion coronavirus relief bill.