Oscar-nominated shorts pulled from YouTube in response to Hollywood pressure


The five films nominated for the Best Animated Short Film were pulled from the web this week, just days ahead of Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony. The move was reportedly spurred by Carter Pilcher, CEO of distributor Shorts International. In a February 14th letter obtained by Deadline, Pilcher urged the Oscar nominees to remove their works from the internet, arguing that online streaming would result in “significant, if not irreparable damage” to their theatrical release.

In the letter, Pilcher notes that this month’s online release has already elicited “a very significant, adverse reaction from the independent theaters that are playing the films,” adding that some were threatening to remove them because of plummeting audiences. But his…

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