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2021 Academy Awards: Oscars Extend Eligibility to Streamed Films Amid Coronavirus Pandemic
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences changed its rules due to the coronavirus pandemic, allowing streaming-only films to be eligible for the 2021 Oscars.
Previously, all films must have had at least three showings a day in theaters within Los Angeles County for seven consecutive days to be eligible for the Oscars. The Academy’s Board of Governors announced the newly approved rules in a press release Tuesday, citing the closures of movie theaters around the world.
Academy President David Rubin and CEO Dawn Hudson insisted in a joint statement that the rule change was only temporary.
“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,” the statement said. “Nonetheless, the historically tragic COVID-19 pandemic necessitates this temporary exception to our awards eligibility rules.”
The Academy will later agree on a date to suspend the rule and studios will have to return to the in-theater showings in order to be eligible. The organization also plans to expand the eligible theaters outside of Los Angeles County to include other major metropolitan cities in the United States, such as New York City and Chicago.