The Oscars will accept movie streaming submissions
Listen, listen, because the Oscars just made some major changes to their eligibility criteria. While members of the Academy have often clashed with streaming platforms like Netflix over the importance of traditional theatrical performances, for the first time in history, they have changed their requirements so that films that have not received a traditional theatrical screening can still be eligible to participate in next year’s ceremony. These changes are, of course, a direct response to our current pandemic – which has led to the shutdown of theaters around the world, making traditional theatrical releases virtually impossible – and, as such, are intended only as a temporary measure. When the cinemas reopen, things will get back to normal.
But not so fast. To be eligible, the Academy still requires proof that films sent directly to a streaming or VOD platform were originally intended for theatrical release. This means that, unfortunately, the charming documentary from Netflix’s gay porn bookstore Circus of books will not be in the running for best documentary. And as amazing as his performance was in To all the boys 2: ps i still love you, Lana Condor will still not have the opportunity to throw her hat in the ring of the best actress. However, it changes the fate of some other films – in particular, Eliza Hittman’s heartfelt abortion drama. Never Rarely Sometimes Always, whose theatrical release has been canceled, and Promising young woman, whose release plan has been on hold since its Sundance debut in January. It’s also good news for former Oscar nominee Justin Timberlake, like his awesome collaboration with SZA “The other side,” of Troll world tour soundtrack, is now widely regarded as the current favorite of Best Original Song. (Of course, that assumes that the next Bond film No time to die is forced to postpone its release again. If not, Billie Eilish’s title track will surely overtake him.)
Several other updates also emerged from yesterday’s meeting. First and foremost: one on or films must be screened to be eligible when things return to normal. While the Academy used to impose theatrical screenings in Los Angeles, in particular, from now on, it will also recognize films screened in other major cities like New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Atlanta. and Miami. In addition, the preliminary vote on the best international film will no longer be limited to an exclusive committee; From now on, all Academy members will be able to vote on the shortlist, as long as they have watched enough qualifying films. Finally, the Sound Editing and Sound Mixing categories will be merged into one category – a big win for those of us who have always found it almost impossible to distinguish between the two.
While matters are still pending as to whether there will even be to be an Academy Award ceremony next year, these changes are still encouraging, pointing to a brighter future for the sometimes outdated Academy.