However, there are significant limits imposed, as the Oscars still want moviegoers to watch movies whenever possible.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (USA) will allow a number of films to be released on streaming and digital formats (DVD, Blu-ray …) to compete in the Oscars 2021. , which is because of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic taking place globally.
That doesn’t mean every movie on every streaming service will be able to be nominated for Best Picture. The Board of Directors decided that the film released on the streaming service if the Oscars to compete must meet the requirements that were expected to hit theaters before. This requirement is quite close to the requirement that regular films have to meet when competing. Specifically, the list of requests made by the Academy includes a requirement that films be screened in a commercial theater in Los Angeles County for at least 7 days.
However, the newly made change also means that a movie like “Trolls World Tour” – originally planned to hit theaters, but eventually only released in digital form – may still be eligible to compete. The best animation, despite its non-traditional release method.
“The Academy firmly believes that there is no better way to experience the magic that films bring by watching them at the cinema,” – Academy President, David Rubin, and CEO Dawn Hudson, said in a Press Release. “Our opinion on that matter is immutable and inexorable. Despite this, the catastrophic COVID-19 pandemic forced us to make a temporary exception to the relevant regulations. conditions for competition “.
As such, this is a temporary solution only. Once the theaters reopen, studios that want their movies eligible for the Oscars will have to once again consider bringing them to theaters for at least 7 days. One difference is that the Academy will expand the list of eligible cinemas to include New York City, San Francisco, Chicago, Miami and Atlanta, rather than encapsulating in Los Angeles as before. The press release also emphasized that because “the situation is likely to change with respect to the global pandemic caused by COVID-19,” all regulations and conditions may change.
Last year, the Academy got into a debate over whether to open the door to allow non-traditional films, like Netflix, to be considered eligible for the competition. The streaming company released a few of its brightest contenders – including The Irishman, Rome, Marriage Story, and The Two Popes – to hit theaters shortly, lasting a total of 21 days to meet set conditions. The new rules will not suddenly allow Netflix or other streaming services to circumvent the release time limit, but it will allow studios to release movies on streaming services (including HBO). Max and Peacock) in the context of their headache finding ways to rescue their 2020 product launches without sacrificing the opportunity to compete for an Oscar. Films like Paramount Pictures’ The Lovebirds, starring Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani, have been sold to Netflix because the company is looking for more compelling content to satisfy its users.