Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma” topped the Oscar nominations list this morning with ten, including a Best Picture nod, but that’s not enough for cinema chains AMC Theatres, Regal Cinemas and Cinemark to end their grudge fight.
Every year the cinema chains host a showcase screening all the Best Picture nominees, but as “Roma” didn’t have a traditional theatrical release the companies have barred the movie from the line-up. AMC even went so far as to issue a statement about it:
“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.”
AMC has consistently been strongly against Netflix’s efforts to get theatrical distribution for their films because the streaming giant is not a fan of the three-month exclusivity window that the big exhibitors demand. Regal Cinemas will run their Best Picture showcase from February 15th-24th and AMC from February 16th-23rd.
Another controversy that has cropped up in the wake of the nominations has been the trending topic of #OscarsSoMale regarding the lack of inclusion of a female director this year with the likes of Chloe Zhao (“The Rider”), Marielle Heller (“Can You Ever Forgive Me”), Lynne Ramsey (“You Were Never Really Here”) or Debra Granik (“Leave No Trace”) shut out.
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