Oscars Screenings Move Online and Earn the Academy $1 Million Plus (So Far)


With physical screenings impossible, more than 80 movies have already paid $12,500 for spots in the Academy Screening Room

This time of year, the giant Samuel Goldwyn Theater at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Beverly Hills headquarters usually attracts hundreds of Oscar voters and their guests every weekend for free members’ screenings of movies that will be competing for the top awards.

In 2020, though, it’s not an option to invite people to movie screenings in Los Angeles (or in New York, where they Academy also held screenings). But while the pandemic has killed those popular events, which were often followed by Q&As by filmmakers and actors, the Academy is still showing contending movies to its members as the Oscar race approaches.

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Steve Pond

Awards Editor • steve@thewrap.com • Twitter: @stevepond