First entry: Wednesday, April 29, 2020, 13:35
Films that will only be shown online on online platforms due to the coronation pandemic, which led to the mandatory closure of cinemas, will be nominated for Oscars at the 93rd Academy Awards ceremony of the US Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
The academy has decided to temporarily relax the admission regulations for films that would have been nominated for an Oscar if it had at least three screenings a day for seven consecutive days in a Los Angeles movie theater.
Now the Academy's board of directors has announced that it is expanding the category of eligible films, including screenings in cinemas in New York, Miami, Chicago, Atlanta and the wider San Francisco area.
In addition, Oscar nominations are given to films whose premieres have been postponed due to closed cinemas and have been released via streaming or video-on-demand (VOD) services.
To be selected, a film must meet all other eligibility requirements and be available on the secure streaming site Academy Screening Room within 60 days of its release on a streaming or VOD platform.
The new rule will apply until cinemas are reopened with the approval of the US federal or state authorities.
Once the self-isolation measures are relaxed or completely lifted, the Academy's regulation on candidate films will come into force again.
“The Academy strongly believes that there is no better way to experience the magic of movies than to watch them in a movie theater. Our commitment to this is unchanging and unwavering. However, the historically tragic COVID-19 pandemic demands this temporary exclusion from the eligibility rules for our awards. The Academy supports our members and colleagues in this period of uncertainty. We recognize how important their work is to be seen and also honored, especially now that audiences appreciate films more than ever, “said David Rubin, president of the Academy, and Don Hudson, CEO.