The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Awards, more popularly known as the Oscars announced that its next event will take place on February 28, 2021, with a couple of changes.
The Academy’s major change was the inclusion of streaming films for Best Picture eligibility and the awards categories of Sound Mixing and Sound Editing will be combined into one category, Best Sound.
According to the website “Until further notice, and for the 93rd Awards year only, films that had a previously planned theatrical release but are initially made available on commercial streaming or VOD service may qualify in the Best Picture, general entry and specialty categories for the 93rd Academy Awards under these provisions.”
It also highlighted the points: “1. 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; 2. The film must meet all other eligibility requirements.”
This rules exemption will no longer apply for further editions of the show, the Academy said.
Academy President David Rubin and CEO Dawn Hudson said”The Academy firmly believes there is no greater way to experience the magic of movies than to see them in a theater. Our commitment to that is unchanged and unwavering. Nonetheless, the historically tragic COVID-19 pandemic necessitates this temporary exception to our awards eligibility rules. The Academy supports its members and colleagues during this time of uncertainty. We recognize the importance of their work being seen and also celebrated, especially now, when audiences appreciate movies more than ever.”
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