Scorsese’s movie still doesn’t have a release date (Netflix has said only “autumn”). What we do know, however, is that the streaming company is planning a wide theatrical release for the film, both to indulge Scorsese, who wants the project shown in as many theaters as possible, and also to win over the awards voters who are still resistant to vote for Netflix films because of the company’s internet-first distribution model. Roma was released in select theaters for a limited time in the company’s biggest theatrical rollout to date, but its big-screen run still paled in comparison to that of an average film from a traditional Hollywood studio.

It’s unclear exactly how many Oscar voters refused to vote for Roma as a protest against Netflix, but we know these people exist. Netflix thinks The Irishman could be the film to finally get them to relent.

A younger and more diverse Academy will help Netflix’s case—voters who grew up with the streaming service as a ubiquitous cultural presence are less likely to harbor any resentment toward its disruption of the film industry. But the side of pro-theater, anti-Netflix cinematic purity is well-represented: One of filmmaking’s biggest voices, Steven Spielberg, is no fan of Netflix, and he’s not afraid to say so.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Spielberg is leading a group of Academy voters in pushing for a rule that would require all films to be exclusively in theaters for at least a month before streaming online in order to qualify for the Oscars. If such a rule ever passed, Netflix would be forced to drastically change its distribution strategy if it wanted to continue winning Oscars. The Irishman could be a formidable force, but theater purists won’t be hit so easily.

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