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Spider-Man: No way home excluded from the 2022 Bafta film awards due to streaming of “fears of piracy”

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Sony reportedly refused to stream the film on Bafta’s private observation deck for voters because of fears of piracy

Bafta announced to its 6,500 members that the superhero film will not compete for the 2022 awards after failing to meet the eligibility requirements.

The box-office hit worth £ 1 billion Spider-Man: No way home was banned from the Baftas after Sony refused to upload the blockbuster to a private streaming platform used by the voting members of the film panel.

As part of a new system put in place to ensure a more diverse nomination list, all controversial films must be uploaded to Bafta View, a members-only streaming platform.

Members are asked to view up to 15 randomly assigned films before voting.

Although the members of Bafta include the great and good of the film world, Sony is said to have refused to stream the Spider-Man film on the organization’s private platform due to fears of piracy.

The film with Tom Holland in the lead role drove the audience back to the cinemas despite the pandemic and was considered an outside bet for a nomination for best film at the Baftas and Oscars.

The British awards, due to be presented on March 13th, are believed to be influential in getting the Oscars going, which will be awarded a fortnight later.

Other blockbuster films like Warner Bros. The Matrix Resurrections can be seen on the Bafta platform, although they are currently in a “cinema only” version.

Bafta said: “Spider-Man: No way home did not meet the eligibility criteria for the EE British Academy Film Awards 2022 and therefore did not qualify to participate. “

“As stated in our rulebook, all films must be made available to voting members on Bafta View before the first round is complete to ensure fairness and parity for all titles, and the film was not made available by the distributor.”

The first round of the Bafta voting was completed last week and the longlists will be announced this Wednesday. Another voting round will begin on Friday.

Bafta members have complained that the new display system, which replaced the bulk mailing of DVDs, was proving difficult to navigate.

Members must transfer movies to their television using a laptop using an HDMI cable. Some have found that extra security measures blocked the casting or was forced to watch a movie that was obscured by intrusive watermarks on the screen.

Rather than encouraging members to watch a wider variety of films, there are concerns that voters will make their decisions without seeing all of the candidates.

The system can promote films released for subscribers to Amazon Prime and Netflix, such as: Be the Ricardos, with Nicole Kidman and the critically acclaimed Benedict Cumberbatch Western, The power of the dog.

In a message to the voting members, Bafta said, “Please rest assured that we will continue to work with distributors to strike the right balance between security and the best possible viewing experience.”

“Creating an entirely new online screening platform that is available to everyone and can host hundreds of films – many of them pre-opening and with complex security requirements – is a formidable undertaking for a charity the size of Bafta.”

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