Oscars Ease Eligibility Rules, Allow Films With Drive-In Releases to Qualify

Films that premiere on streaming platforms can also qualify if they are made available on the Academy’s virtual screening room for members

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has eased the eligibility rules allowing films to qualify for the Oscars without traditional theatrical releases.

A new addendum was made to eligibility rules that were originally passed after the COVID-19 pandemic prompted theater closings. The addendum allows films that were planned for a theatrical release to qualify even if they have initially been released on streaming or VOD platforms, as long as they are made available to voters on the Academy Screening Room within 60 days of release.

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