Michael Douglas blames Steven Spielberg’s TV bias for not winning best actor at 2013 Cannes

(Spielberg) put the kibosh on that, because it was an HBO film. Spielberg served as the president of the Cannes competition jury that year. His comments had sparked a debate in Hollywood about whether movies distributed by Netflix with a limited theatrical release deserve Oscar recognition. Spielberg last year made headlines after the veteran filmmaker said once “you commit to a television format, you’re a TV movie” and argued that if it’s good, it deserves an Emmy and not Oscars. Appearing on Variety’s Actor on Actor series with Benecio del Toro, the 74-year-old actor said many people told him that he was “favourite” for the award, which was bagged by Bruce Dern for Nebraska. So when I now see this argument and beef about Showtime or Netflix, in this case, doing feature films, I think they’ve got to get this resolved,” he said. Advertising

“The word was I was the favourite for the best actor award. Advertising

Douglas starred in Steven Soderbergh’s HBO film Behind the Candelabra, alongside actor Matt Damon. The movie had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival and was among strong contenders for the coveted Palme d’Or trophy. 0