DOJ Warns Academy Over Rule Change to Ban Netflix From Oscars

The chief of the DOJ’s Antitrust Division, Makan Delrahim, wrote in a letter to Academy CEO Dawn Hudson that in preventing films that debut on streaming services or have limited theatrical releases from being eligible for Oscar consideration could “suppress competition.”

“In the event that the Academy — an association that includes multiple competitors in its membership — establishes certain eligibility requirements for the Oscars that eliminate competition without procompetitive justification, such conduct may raise antitrust concerns,” Delrahim said.

A proposed rule change could violate the part of the Sherman Act that “prohibits anticompetitive agreements among competitors.”

Sources: the Variety tweet Rolling Stone