Outrage as Netflix's Cuties shortlisted for Oscar nomination – despite criminal charges for 'lewd depictions of kids'

THE controversial film Cuties has been put forward for an Academy Award, despite calls for it to be pulled from Netflix.

France’s Oscar selection committee put forward five films in its official submission to the International Feature Film category at the 2021 Academy Awards.

The film, which was widely praised in its home country, sparked outrage before it landed on Netflix over the promotional posters which critics said sexualised children.

The other shortlisted films for the category include, Eté 85 (Summer Of 85), ADN (DNA), Two Of Us and Gagarine, according to Deadline.

Cuties follows Amy, an 11-year-old girl living in Paris, who wants to join a “free-spirited dance crew” in defiance of her family’s traditions. 

Three other girls in their early teenage years also star in the film. 


The film poster showed the four girls posing in booty shorts and tight crop tops.

Since premiering Cuties on September 9, Netflix has faced backlash from Netflix subscribers accusing it of sexualizing young girls. 

A Netflix spokesperson at the time defended Cuties as “a social commentary against the sexualization of young children.”

“It’s an award-winning film and a powerful story about the pressure young girls face on social media and from society more generally growing up—and we’d encourage anyone who cares about these important issues to watch the movie,” the spokesperson said. 

Movie fans were divided over the film's submission to the Oscars' category with some outraged, while others supported the film.

One Twitter user wrote: "To everyone who enjoys and defends Netflix’s #cuties, you are praising and defending a film that sexualizes children and is unconscionable."

But another added: "Hopefully, #Cuties will get an #Oscar and every other award, because Cuties is an excellent movie!"

The streaming giant has been indicted in Texas over a “lewd” depiction of children in the film Cuties that centres around a young girl who joins a twerking dance squad.

A copy of the indictment by a grand jury in Tyler County was shared by Texas Representative Matt Schaefer last month.

Cuties was found to “knowingly promote visual material which depicts the lewd exhibition of the genitals or pubic area of a clothed or partially clothed child who was younger than 18 years of age at the time the visual material was created, which appeals to the prurient interest of sex,” the indictment states.

In addition, the indictment filed on September 23 states that Netflix promoted, distributed and exhibited the film that “has no serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value.”

Netflix did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Sun on Tuesday. 


In a statement about the indictment to NBC News, Netflix said: ”'Cuties' is a social commentary against the sexualization of young children. This charge is without merit and we stand by the film.”

In a public statement in October, Republican Senator Mike Lee said he had a call with Netflix to urge the company to stop distributing the film and that he was “unsatisfied” with the respons. 

“What I cannot understand, however, is how Netflix can condemn the conduct depicted in Cuties, while celebrating the film and filmmakers who asked several underage girls to stand in front of a camera and engage in that same 'inappropriate, shameful' conduct for all the world to see," Lee stated.

On August 20, Netflix tweeted that the material was “not OK” and updated images and its description of Cuties, but has not pulled the film. 

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