Oscars 2021 announce changes for the upcoming event!
The Academy Awards for Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences recently announced that event of Oscars 2021 will happen with a couple of changes in their rules.
The noteworthy change that the Academy made was including streamed films for the category of Best Pictures eligibility. However, previously streamed movies needed to release in theatres for a minimum of seven days in order to qualify for the Best Pictures category.
The same thing has been done with the categories of Sound editing and sound mixing categories. However, Both categories will also combine into one and become the Best Sound category.
The Academy shared on their website that:
“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.”
They also emphasize the points that include:
“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.”
The Academy President David Rubin and CEO Dawn Hudson also shared:
“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,” they added.