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Rick Senger
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Posted: 06 March 2019 at 12:28pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

I can't think of a Best Picture nominee that only had a few weeks in the theater over the course of its entire run.  For me that's the crux of the issue, accessibility.

Plenty of prior Best Pic noms only had a few weeks in the theater when they were initially released at the end of their eligible year but that was usually because the studios wanted them to be the last pics released that year so as to be the freshest in the Oscar voters minds.  Those movies then would have generally good continued runs well into the next year.  THE POST, a movie Michael Roberts above cites as Spielberg "benefiting from this rule" in fact stayed in the theaters well into April the following year, meaning it was in general release for 105 days total, not just a few weeks.  And whereas ROMA only had some dozens of screens (not sure of the total nor of the attendance because Netflix won't release the figures, but it is low), THE POST at its height was released on 2,851 screens, meaning it was widely accessible. ROMA was not.

Not to put words in Spielberg's mouth, but I am guessing this is part of the rules changes he will be discussing with the Oscar committee.

Edited by Rick Senger on 06 March 2019 at 12:31pm
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Posted: 06 March 2019 at 1:35pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply

I think Amazon's use of 'original' is in the same sense as a 'Netflix Original', which really amounts to 'we are the first distributor of this in your region'.

For example, in Canada, The Bodyguard (the Richard Madden/Keeley Hawes one, not the Kevin Costner/Whitney Houston one) is billed as a Netflix Original, despite the BBC commissioning and first airing the show. It's not in any way original to Netflix. Little Drummer Girl got a similar treatment from AMC, despite first airing on the Beeb (though AMC did co-produce it).

At least Hana is original to Amazon in the sense that no-one has ever broadcast those episodes before. Though based on a pre-existing source, they are in fact originally-produced material.
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David Miller
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Tangent, but vaguely related: Amazon has announced a new “original series,” HANNA, based on the movie of the same name. But that means it’s not “original” doesn’t it?

It means new content originating from Amazon Studios, as opposed to content from another company which Amazon merely distributes. 

It's standard promotional jargon; for example:
  • BETTER CALL SAUL is an AMC Original Series, even though it's based on characters who appeared in BREAKING BAD. 
  • LEGION is an FX Original Series, despite being  loosely adapted from a half dozen Chris Claremont comics (and one by John Byrne).  
  • THE PUNISHER is a Netflix original series, despite being based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name.
Edit: Peter posted while I was composing. I think labeling BBC productions as "Netflix Originals" is pushing it. 

Edited by David Miller on 06 March 2019 at 1:44pm
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