Streaming Eligibility for the OSCARS
Even the mighty have fallen.
We’re not just talking about Goliath here but Hollywood.
The pandemic is certainly forcing the film industry to adopt a new normal and to even create it.
Because everyone is most certainly at home consuming content after content, the filmmakers and most certainly those that have the power and machinery to push it forward to consumers have taken notice. In a move that is certainly in line with the times, the Oscars is giving a one-time-only consideration to include movies that are available for streaming or on-demand to compete in the Best Picture category next year!
The Academy took into consideration the fact that the forced closure of theatres was implemented due to the pandemic that is Covid 19. The previous ruling was that only movies with a “planned theatrical release” would be eligible and along with that films that have had a week-long theatrical run at the very least will be allowed and will qualify for consideration.
The Academy has actually faced pressure to relax its rules as Netflix, especially, has been pushing for inclusion in the awards competition.