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there is a contentious debates in Hollywood over whether Netflix movies should be eligible for Academy Awards and an unexpected voice joined the arguments the US department of justice in a letter the DOJ warns the academy of motion picture arts and sciences that rules which might hurt streaming services eligibility could run afoul of federal anti trust laws the world of show business is currently locked in a bitter battle between the silver screen a new streaming services earlier this year at the ninety first Academy Awards Netflix is aroma walked away with three Oscars and competed for Best Picture which prompted show business icons such as Steven Spielberg to push back and stand up for the classic movie theater experience my entire life has been you know spent trying to give audiences something and and and a and a and a large large form and I I I love the whole feeling of social interaction outside we leave your house you park your car you go somewhere those are the kind of movies audiences I like to talk to Spielberg has said the small screen nature of the Netflix experience means its contents belongs in the made for TV category and should be considered eligible for the Emmys current Oscar rules require films have a theatrical release and be screen somewhere in LA county Netflix movies such as the Roma often have simultaneous theatrical and digital releases , others are reportedly expected to push for rules that would require a ward eligible films to play in theaters before they appear anywhere else effectively forcing Netflix to take a beer first route if it wants a golden statue and that's where the justice department's wait in the fed's warned if a rule change is meant to exclude a streaming service and that exclusion hurts the services revenues it could be seen as anti competitive an academy spokesperson said they had received the letter and that any role changes would be considered at a meeting in late April