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The Oscars decides Netflix is OK after all, following DOJ warning

Postby MrFredPFL » Thu Apr 25, 2019 12:23 am

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Netflix and other streaming platforms won't be banned from the Oscars as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has rejected calls from Steven Spielberg and others to restrict eligibility for the annual awards.

The Academy's Board of Governors approved rules for the February 2020 Oscars and left the eligibility requirement unchanged. Just as before, feature-length films must be shown for at least one week in a Los Angeles County theater to be eligible, a requirement Netflix-backed movies such as Roma met on their way to winning awards. Proposals to require theater runs of at least four weeks were rejected.

"We support the theatrical experience as integral to the art of motion pictures, and this weighed heavily in our discussions," Academy President John Bailey said in an announcement yesterday. "Our rules currently require theatrical exhibition, and also allow for a broad selection of films to be submitted for Oscars consideration. We plan to further study the profound changes occurring in our industry and continue discussions with our members about these issues."

The unchanged rule maintains eligibility for films released on non-theatrical media (e.g., online streaming services, broadcast or cable TV, DVDs) "on or after the first day of their Los Angeles County theatrical qualifying run." The required seven-day theatrical run must include "at least three screenings per day for paid admission." As before, films will not be eligible if they "receive their first public exhibition or distribution in any manner other than as a theatrical motion picture release."

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