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Steven Spielberg Reveals Why He Thinks Streaming Movies Don't Deserve Oscars

Steven Spielberg is sharing his opinion on the type of awards that movies distributed via streaming services, like Netflix, should win.

The Ready Player One director spoke out in an interview with ITV News published on Tuesday (March 20).

He called streaming services “a clear and present danger to filmgoers.”

“Fewer and fewer filmmakers are going to struggle to raise money, or to compete at Sundance and possibly get one of the specialty labels to release their films theatrically. And more of them are going to let the SVOD [Streaming Video On-Demand] businesses finance their films, maybe with the promise of a slight, one-week theatrical window to qualify them for awards as a movie.”

“But, in fact, once you commit to a television format, you’re a TV movie…you deserve an Emmy, but not an Oscar.”

“I don’t believe that films that are just given token qualifications, in a couple of theaters for less than a week, should qualify for the Academy Award nominations,” he said.

Watch the interview below.

Steven Spielberg & Tye Sheridan Open Up About 'Ready Player One'!

Ready Player One‘s Tye Sheridan is featured on the cover of Entertainment Weekly‘s latest issue, out on newsstands on March 30.

Here’s what director Steven Spielberg and Tye had to say…

Steven, on the meaning of escapism: “Escape has its pleasurable and medicinal place, but total escape should not be a destination.”

Steven, on the nostalgia of the movie: “The movie isn’t really about nostalgia. Nostalgia is only the window dressing – out your side windows, but the movie takes place out your windshield. It’s a race. It’s a competition for control of the OASIS.”

Tye, on the deeper meaning of the OASIS: “I think it points a finger at this image we feel we have to live up to or strive to be. I think a lot of people, especially a lot of kids right now, are struggling with being themselves and embracing that, embracing who they actually are and coming face-to-face with what that means.”

For more about Ready Player One, head to EW.com.

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Diane Keaton & Steven Spielberg Get Honored at Italy's David di Donatello Awards 2018!

Diane Keaton is all smiles as she hits the red carpet while attending the 2018 David Di Donatello Awards Ceremony held on Wednesday (March 21) in Rome, Italy.

The 72-year-old actress was joined by Steven Spielberg, Monica Bellucci, Roberto Bolle and Jasmine Trinca at Italy’s biggest film awards.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Diane Keaton

Steven, 71, and Diane both came to Rome to receive Lifetime Achievement Awards alongside Italian actress Stefania Sandrelli (Divorce Italian Style, The Conformist).

“You must never give the same answer to the same question, otherwise you will go crazy,” Steven said Italian filmmaker Federico Fellini told him (via THR), “It’s important to entertain the public, but even more important to entertain yourself.”

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Tye Sheridan Joins Olivia Cooke & Hannah John-Kamen at 'Ready Player One' UK Premiere

Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, and Hannah John-Kamen hit the red carpet for the European premiere of their movie Ready Player One on Monday (March 19) at Vue West End in London, England.

The actors were joined at the event by their co-stars Ben Mendelsohn, Lena Waithe, Simon Pegg, Philip Zhao, and Win Morisaki, as well as director Steven Spielberg.

Ready Player One is set to hit theaters on March 29 and tickets are on sale now. The movie currently has an 81% on Rotten Tomatoes with 26 reviews so far.

FYI: Tye is wearing Burberry. Olivia is wearing Prada. Hannah is wearing a J Mendel gown, Rupert Sanderson shoes, a Michael Kors clutch, and De Beers jewelry.

40+ pictures from the red carpet in London… More Here! »

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'Ready Player One' Gets World Premiere Screening at SXSW!

Tye Sheridan and Olivia Cooke pose for a photo while attending the world premiere of their movie Ready Player One at the 2018 SXSW Festival on Sunday night (March 11) at the Paramount Theatre in Austin, Tex.

The young stars were joined at the event by their co-stars Ben Mendelsohn, Lena Waithe, Win Morisaki, Philip Zhao, and director Steven Spielberg.

Earlier in the day, the cast was interviewed by Aisha Tyler at the Ready One Player Live event, powered by Twitch and IMDb.

There was a hiccup during the world premiere screening as the sound went out at one point and the film had to be restarted twice before it started working again!

Ready Player One hits theaters on March 29!

FYI: Ben is wearing a rag & bone suit.

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