AGENCIES, Los Angeles: Owing to the extraordinary circumstances the world is going through because of the coronavirus pandemic, the 93rd Academy Awards, more commonly known as Oscars, has made an exception to their eligibility criteria. Streamed films, i.e. films which release on OTT platforms instead of the big screen will also be allowed to compete.
A post on the Academy’s official Twitter handle made this known, “Here’s what you need to know about the #Oscars: – For this awards year only, streamed films will be eligible for Best Picture, – Going forward, the Sound Mixing and Sound Editing awards will be combined into one category: Best Sound”.
Here’s what you need to know about the #Oscars:
– For this awards year only, streamed films will be eligible for Best Picture
– Going forward, the Sound Mixing and Sound Editing awards will be combined into one category: Best Sound
For more details: https://t.co/LjBJJHExCN
— The Academy (@TheAcademy) April 28, 2020
The statement on their website allows a much more detailed insight into this decision. “The devastating COVID-19 pandemic forced the closure of all Los Angeles County movie theaters as of Monday, March 16, 2020. Current Academy Awards rules (under Rule Two, Eligibility) require that a film be shown in a commercial motion picture theater in Los Angeles County for a theatrical qualifying run of at least seven consecutive days, during which period screenings must occur at least three times daily,” read the statement.
It further divulged necessary conditions for such films to be eligible. It added, “The film must be made available on the secure Academy Screening Room member-only streaming site within 60 days of the film’s streaming or VOD release; The film must meet all other eligibility requirements.”