Following the streaming service’s foray into the critically acclaimed film world with its first Oscar nomination for Best Picture, Netflix joins other leading film producers with a new honor: becoming a new member of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA).
“On behalf of the MPAA and its member companies, I am delighted to welcome Netflix as a partner,” MPAA Chairman and CEO Charles Rivkin said in a statement. “All of our members are committed to pushing the film and television industry forward, in both how we tell stories and how we reach audiences. Adding Netflix will allow us to even more effectively advocate for the global community of creative storytellers, and I look forward to seeing what we can all achieve together.”
MPAA, a global trade association, advocates on behalf of the film and television industry to advance the business and art of storytelling. Netflix’s membership joins other leading Hollywood studios, including Disney, Paramount, Sony, Fox, Universal, and Warner Bros, as they become the first tech company invited to join the industry organization.
“Joining the Motion Picture Association further exemplifies our commitment to ensuring the vibrancy of these creative industries and the many talented people who work in them all over the world,” Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos said in a statement. “We look forward to supporting the association team and their important efforts.”
Despite the happy news of their first Best Picture Oscar nomination and joining the well-known organization, the streaming service is making waves as national cinemas exclude the Oscar-nominated film Roma from their Best Picture film showcases.
As AMC Theatres and Regal Cinemas once again plan to air a showcase of the Best Picture Oscar nominees, due to licenses, they have decided not to air the 10-time Academy Awards nominee in Roma and rather opt to show the films that had a traditional theatrical release.
According to Deadline, AMC said in a statement, “For more than a decade, movie-lovers have enjoyed the AMC Best Picture Showcase to catch up on the nominated films that played at AMC throughout the prior year. This year, Academy members nominated a film that was never licensed to AMC to play in our theatres. As such, it is not included in the AMC Best Picture Showcase.”
Regal Cinemas also chose not to include the black-and-white Netflix film in their Best Picture showcase, omitting it in a press release for their own film festival, “Black Panther, BlacKkKlansman, Bohemian Rhapsody, The Favourite, Green Book, A Star Is Born and Vice were part of their Best Picture Film Festival.”