Steven Spielberg has said he doesn't think Netflix movies should deserve Academy Awards.

The 71-year-old award-winning director reckons the film and TV streaming site should not be able to win any of the prestigious awards as it has committed to a ''television format''.

Speaking to ITV News, he said: ''Once you commit to a television format, you're a TV movie.

''You certainly, if it's a good show, deserve an Emmy, but not an Oscar."

"I don't believe films that are just given token qualifications in a couple of theatres for less than a week should qualify for an Academy Award nomination.''

Christopher Nolan also criticised Netflix for not releasing their movies in cinemas

Inception director Christopher Nolan previously criticised Netflix for not releasing its own movies in cinemas.

The 47-year-old filmmaker said that he doesn't understand why the streaming site doesn't send its own exclusive movies to cinemas.

Last year, he told Indiewire that ''Netflix has a bizarre aversion to supporting theatrical films".

''They have this mindless policy of everything having to be simultaneously streamed and released, which is obviously an untenable model for theatrical presentation.

''So they're not even getting in the game, and I think they're missing a huge opportunity.''

He added that Netflix is used as a kind of way to shut down cinemas, saying: ''I think the investment that Netflix is putting into interesting filmmakers and interesting projects would be more admirable if it weren't being used as some kind of bizarre leverage against shutting down theatres.

''It's so pointless. I don't really get it.''