Rules ForThe 93rd Academy Awards Changed Due To COVID-19 Pandemic
The 93rd Oscars will be announced on February 28, 2021 due to coronavirus pandemic. Also, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has made some relaxations for contestants. But the changes implemented are temporary.
Highlights of the story
• The condition of at least a seven-day run in Los Angeles theaters for movies has been done away with. This year, movies that skip big theatrical release will be allowed to contest for Hollywood’s biggest prize.
• Films previously planned for theatrical release but made available on commercial streaming platforms will qualify for the 93rd Oscars for this year only.
• The changed will no longer apply to the academy awards once the theaters open. In normal times, the standard rule of theater qualification will be applied.
• The academy will make allowances for scrapped film festivals. Some entries in specific categories in the contest are made on the basis of different film festivals.
The academy in the eye of storm
Some rules for entries in to the contest have to be changed but the academy will switch to the standard rules once the condition becomes stable. It is still committed to enjoying the “magic of movies” at theaters.
Georgia has authorized movie theaters to resume service but most theaters are reluctant to opening until the onset of summer. Texas is also planning to open its movie theaters but much depends on the mood of theater owners.
The Golden Globe has also relaxed rules to allow more movies to compete even without release due to coronavirus pandemic.