Oscars, Netflix, Roma discussed on The Frame
Welcome back to the frame. I'm John horn today. We're talking about where Hollywood goes next after the Oscars now that the award season is over I want to start by talking about net. Flicks. Let's first start with a joke about Netflix. This is what Tina Fey early in the show had to say about the streaming service. Next. My microwave Nick summer. So Netflix wins four Oscars three for Roma and one for the documentary short period end of sentence. Before we talk about all that. I'm going to talk about why net flicks is so appealing to filmmakers right now. I ran into Nicole hall of center who co wrote can you ever forgive me? And she and her last movie land of steady habits was just distributed by net flakes, she said that she got a call from net. Flicks. That said war people had watched her movie on net flicks in its first weekend. Then watched all of her movies combined in theaters that explains it right there. So there's the appeal millions of people watching your movie immediately, and you don't have to worry about or you going to get to the theater and some small town whether or not may not be an art house, so cloudy. What what is that? How does net flicks come out of this? I think also the creative control. You know? That's something that you hear people talking to that can do what they want. The money. I mean Alphonso Koran talked about that, you know, he's at the point having won Oscars before he could have done that we could've done rumble with anybody. And granted it's black and white and all that. But still he got the amount of artistic control that you have the money that they put into for instance, an Oscar campaign or just generally into the making of your film, you know, they're really cultivating artists, and they seem to respect artists in a way that maybe some of the studios don't. Yeah. They're spending billions of dollars on content. But as you mentioned, they're giving filmmakers, not only creative control, but probably more money than they're even asking for. So Jen, obviously winning an Oscar doesn't always mean something financially. But in terms of raising the profile of the company, what does it mean to them? And what does it mean? To other streaming services like Hulu Netflix came out. I think ahead this over the duration of this award season because you saw them investing. Not only in the actual pro, you know, like in in in in Roma, but in then putting Roma into the conversation that takes a lot of resources takes a lot of money to campaign, and I think net flicks really showed not just the filmmakers, but the film community that they are here to get that prestige, and they will put money and resources into it, which you need you have them going up against somebody like universal the studio behind green book. But I do think that Netflix over the last few years has gotten that respect that they really do want. This is what this particular Oscars, really. Black and white film gave it theatrical run kind of run out some theaters in big cities. Was in the best picture race with no reported box office. And I think that gets to the next chapter of this conversation there were movies up for best picture like Black Panthers stars born bohemian rhapsody that sold a ton of tickets at movie theaters. The academy words historically up until now have rewarded movies? That have played in theaters Roma. Didn't really I mean, it wasn't it was kind of part of the release schedule. But it didn't have any reported box office mudbound and other net flicks films in previous years. So what does that mean? In terms of where we're going in terms of that theatrical movie going experience, I think they can coexist. I don't think we're heater hunters. Don't think they won't show. Netflix movies as a consumer. I watch a lot of things on net. Flicks. That I don't have time for or wouldn't pay to go. See? So I feel like it's added. But I looked something like we mentioned earlier Bing lose documentary minding gap, which is who lose I Oscar-nominated film. It's a great documentary and one that I feel like would not have really pro may not have found another similar home that would have given them. Also this words campaign that it got. And so I feel like three mors who want to invest in awards content. It's there, obviously. And I hope we see more of it. Let's talk a little bit more about diversity of content. Claudia you're at the independent spirit awards which the other big awards over the weekend on Saturday in the best director category. These were the nominees. Barry Jenkins for Beale street could talk Paul Schrader for first reformed Lynne Ramsay. You're never really hear. Debra granik. Leave no trace and tamra Jenkins for private life berry Jenkins one. And he said I didn't want to win this award. And then he proceeded to say this. Regina was at the Golden Globes. And she said something that was very very wise and very true in a women only make up four percents studio directors and yet they make up forty four percent of the director of the competition at Sundance sixty percent of the directors not made it for this award. So I want to look at this room. Obvious producers all these directors. I'll be 'financiers my reps. All these lawyers and say if even just thirty percent of us agree with Regina to in the next eighteen months to produce or finance film, directed by a woman that four percent will become the eight percent will become the twelve percent. Sixteen percent. Yeah. You guys are talking about Regina king who won the supporting actress Oscar for fuel straight. You guys are non you're now the mass is irrelevant. What he's saying is like get off your butts and buried. Jenkins gave the best Oscar weekend speech that he really did that four percent challenge which the Annenberg inclusion initiative sort of put out into the world, and which has been picked up by a lot of Hollywood high profile actors and filmmakers now getting studios to commit to. I think it's important to that industry figures use these platforms to put what's important to.