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Kevin Costner on Oscar Netflix Controversy: 'Movies Are for Theaters'

Kevin Costner has weighed in on the debate brewing over whether movies released on streaming services should be eligible for the Oscars.

“I believe in the Oscars. I’m a romantic about our business. I love the theater experience,” the actor told Variety at the SXSW Film Festival. “The sand shifting, I haven’t thought about that as much as I’ve thought about the next movie I’m gonna do or the next story I’m gonna write.”

“I hear all the arguments,” he continued. “When you hear intelligent people talking, almost after one finishes, you go, ‘Yeah, that’s a good point.’ And if you’re really listening and if you haven’t already made up your mind, then you listen to somebody else and you go, ‘That’s equally a good point.’ I always find that with thoughtful people as they look at an issue.”

He added, “I think movies are for theaters, and as long as they can stay in them. And thank God for these downstream ways of viewing movies, but now there is this level of competition and I’m just trying to think of how to end my last story here.”

Costner attended the festival to promote his upcoming film “The Highwaymen,” co-starring Woody Harrelson and Kathy Bates. The movie hits Netflix on March 29.

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