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Justice Department Warns Academy Over Potential Oscar Rule Changes Threatening Netflix (Exclusive)

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Justice Department Warns Academy Over Potential Oscar Rule Changes Threatening Netflix (Exclusive)
Washington — The Justice Department has warned the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences that its potential rule changes limiting the eligibility of Netflix and other streaming services for the Oscars could raise antitrust concerns and violate competition law.

According to a letter obtained by Variety, the chief of the DOJ’s Antitrust Division, Makan Delrahim, wrote to AMPAS CEO Dawn Hudson on March 21 to express concerns that the new rules would be written “in a way that tends to 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 wrote.

The letter came in response to reports that Steven Spielberg, an Academy board member, was planning to push for rules changes to Oscars eligibility, restricting movies that debut on Netflix and other
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Oscars 2019 Ratings Tick Up in Early Numbers

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Oscars 2019 Ratings Tick Up in Early Numbers
The ratings for the 2019 Oscars telecast are up slightly from last year in the preliminary numbers.

The awards show, which went without a host this year, drew a 20.1 rating in metered market households, up approximately 6% from the 18.9 last year’s telecast drew.

The 2018 Oscars’ household rating was down approximately 16% from the 22.5 rating drawn by the telecast in 2017. The 2018 Oscars initially drew a 6.4 rating in adults 18-49 and 24.4 million viewers before rising to a 6.8 rating and 26.5 million. That final number is the lowest viewership for an Oscars telecast in the show’s history.

Bohemian Rhapsody” proved to be the big winner of the night, taking home four awards including best actor for star Rami Malek. “Roma,” “Black Panther,” and “Green Book” took home three Oscars each, with ‘Green Book” nabbing the best picture statuette. Spike Lee also took home his first competitve Oscar, winning for best adapted screenplay for the film “BlacKkKlansman.
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Oscar Opening Rocks Hollywood With Adam Lambert-Fronted Queen

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Oscar Opening Rocks Hollywood With Adam Lambert-Fronted Queen
The drums of “We Will Rock You” had Hollywood’s well-dressed elite on its feet from the opening beat, and “We Are The Champions” kept them smiling and head-bopping. Finally, a giant image of the late Freddie Mercury hovering over the stage got the crowd back to standing.

The Oscars steered clear of topicality, snark and in-jokes for this year’s opening, opting instead to rock out with a 42-year-old song made famous by a man who died 28 years ago. With Adam Lambert fronting what remains of the original Queen – guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor – the band performed “We Will Rock You.”

Without a host to star in a Billy Crystal-style clip montage, charm attendees like Ellen DeGeneres or insult them like Seth McFarlane, producers opted instead to present everybody’s new favorite old band. Queen, of course, is the subject of director Bryan Singer’s Bohemian Rhapsody,
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