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Netflix Can Chill: Academy Rules No Change in Streaming Oscar Eligibility

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has voted to maintain its eligibility rules for Oscar, despite speculation that streaming companies might see a crackdown on their release practices if they wanted to vie for gold.

A board of governors meeting on Tuesday voted to maintain current requirements, that any feature-length film could be considered for Oscars as long is it get a week-long release in Los Angeles by a certain date.

“The Academy’s Board of Governors voted to maintain Rule Two, Eligibility for the 92nd Oscars. The rule states that to be eligible for awards consideration, a film must have a minimum seven-day theatrical run in a Los Angeles County commercial theater, with at least three screenings per day for paid admission. Motion pictures released in nontheatrical media on or after the first day of their Los Angeles County theatrical qualifying run remain eligible,” the board said in a statement.

“We support the theatrical experience as integral to the art of motion pictures, and this weighed heavily in our discussions,” said Academy President John Bailey. “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 statement continued.

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