The Oscars 93rd Ceremony: Films Shown Only Online Will Be Allowed To Participate
The organizers of the Academy awards will change the selection rules due to the coronavirus pandemic and allow films that were shown only online, and not in cinemas, to enter the competition for the first time in 2021, according to the report appeared on the website of the American Academy of motion picture arts.
"Until further notice, and for the 93rd Awards year only, films that had a previously planned theatrical release but are initially made available on a commercial streaming or VOD service may qualify in the Best Picture, general entry and specialty categories for the 93rd Academy Awards under these provisions:
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;
The film must meet all other eligibility requirements,"
the statement said.
To participate in the competition, film owners must provide Academy members with copies of films to view on a special secure website within 60 days of their release online. Films must meet all other requirements, the site notes.
The tolerance of the movies that were shown only online, will operate as long as you don't open the theaters.
"On a date to be determined by the Academy, and when cinemas reopen following Federal, state and local specified guidelines and criteria, this exception to the rules will no longer apply," the organizers added.
The press service recalled that due to the coronavirus pandemic, cinemas in Los Angeles County, California, closed on March 16. Showing films in cinemas in this particular district is a prerequisite for participation in the Academy awards.