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New Rules Announced For 93rd Academy Awards Including Films That Debuted On Streaming And VOD Amid C-19 Pandemic

06 May 2020

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has approved new rules for the 93rd Academy Awards.  This includes allowing films that have had a streaming and video-on-demand (VOD) debut,  eliminating DVD screeners and merging sound editing and sound mixing into one category.  The changes are to address the COVID-19 pandemic and sustainability issues.

After a virtual meeting last week, the board of governors made the announcement. Previously, films had to have at least a seven-day theatrical release in a commercial cinema in Los Angeles County to be eligible for an Oscar submission. Now, projects can debut on any streaming service or VOD, but it still needs to have a planned cinema release.



The decision for the merging in the Sound sector came from members in that discipline.  Because the film that usually wins sound editing takes the award in sound mixing, it was decided to combine it into one category (however, that was not the case in the last Oscars with Le Mans '66 (Ford v. Ferrari) winning the former and 1917 obtaining the award for the latter).  This will reduce the amount of awards to 23.

Mailing DVD screeners are not green and are no longer needed. This will be the final year (submission for the 93rd award ceremony) it will be accepted. The organisation has followed in the footsteps of the Television Academy - that oversees the Emmys - who banned physical DVDs last year.

Other changes includes:

  • the participation of all Academy members in the initial round of voting for the international feature film
  • eligibility in the score category must include 60 percent of original music (sequels and franchise must have 80 percent)

For a full list, view the Academy Awards page

The Oscars is scheduled for Sunday, 28th February 2021 on ABC.

Written by Charysse Tia Harper of Xplore The World

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