Here's what you need to know about the #Oscars:— The Academy (@TheAcademy) April 28, 2020
- For this awards year only, streamed films will be eligible for Best Picture
- Going forward, the Sound Mixing and Sound Editing awards will be combined into one category: Best Sound
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As many had hoped, The Academy has made a major rule change as a result of the covid-19 pandemic for the upcoming Oscars.
- All films that go straight to streaming will qualify, so long as they are made available to the Academy's members-only streaming site AND had a theater release scheduled.
- Once theaters are back up and running, The Academy will make a date where this rule expires. But the "must play in LA" rule has been dropped and films can now play in places like NYC, SF, Chicago and other major cities and still qualify.
- Film festivals can provide their films via a pay-wall or password entry and still qualify.
- Sound Editing and Sound Mixing have been merged into one Best Sound category.
- Original Score contenders must have at least 60% original music to qualify. Sequels must have 80%.
- All Academy members can now view submissions for International Feature and vote to determine the shortlist.
- Academy members are now allowed to have quotes/comments on films they are not associated with as part of a films campaign material.
- This will be the last year DVD screeners can be sent via the Academy's mailing list.