Streaming Services Could Win An Oscar?

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science recently approved a temporary hold on the requirement that a film needs a seven-day theatrical run in a commercial theater to qualify for the Oscars. Instead, films will be allowed to be released digitally without playing in theaters. However, that doesn’t mean any movie premiering on a streaming service is eligible for Oscar gold.

To be considered, the streamed film must have already had a planned theatrical release. The film must also be made available on the Academy Screening Room member-only streaming site within 60 days of the film’s streaming release.

Academy President David Rubin said in a statement, “The Academy firmly believes there is no greater way to experience the magic of movies than to see them in a theater.” CEO Dawn Hudson stated. “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 our 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.”

Only one sound award

The Academy also announced the sound mixing and sound editing categories will be combined into one award, reducing the total number of categories presented on the show to 23. This change was initiated by the sound branch. Also, for the first time, all Academy members will be invited to participate in the preliminary round of voting for international feature films. Members will have to meet a minimum viewing requirement to be allowed to vote.

In the original score category, the board voted that a score must comprise a minimum of 60% original music. Additionally, for sequels and franchise films, a score must have a minimum of 80% new music. The 93rd Oscars will air Feb. 28, 2021 on ABC. There is also talk about other award shows following in the same direction as the Oscars, such as the Golden Globes . If this is successful, it could award shows, expanding their movie nominations to streaming service for years to come to attract more viewers.