The Board of Governors of the Academy has made some rule changes for the next season of the season tonight. Not including: rumored to be eligible for movies created using streaming services like Netflix.
"We support the theatrical experience as an integral part of the art of the feature films, which has been difficult in our discussions," the academy's president, John Bailey, said in a statement, the AMPAS, on Tuesday after the organization's annual rules meeting had submitted.
The sharp criticism that Steven Spielberg and others had voiced (and then unspoken) and a warning from the Department of Justice prior to the exclusion of Netflix seemed to create a potential confrontation.
Instead, the 54-member Board of Governors of the Academy of Fine Arts and Sciences has left the second rule untouched. In this rule, it was determined that a movie would be eligible for Oscars if it ran for at least 7 days in a Los Angeles theater commercial theater with at least three screenings a day for paid admission, and that these films on or after the first day their theatrical qualification run on streaming websites.
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"Our rules currently require a theatrical exhibition and also allow us to submit a large selection of films for the Oscars," Bailey added. "We plan to further investigate the profound changes in our industry and continue discussions with our members on these issues."
As it seemed to be the last Oscar season when she introduced and then removed a Most Popular Film Oscar and then hired and lost Kevin Hart as host, the Academy faces serious choices in the fast-changing way how the world consumes movies. Since the Netflix films were not excluded from the competition, like the Cannes Film Festival, the Academy has been exposed to changes that will be exacerbated by the increasing streaming services provided by studios.
What used to be an increasingly heated showdown between the traditionalists and their love of theater experience and the realities of streaming today can be summarized as a "later skater".
If you look at what the Academy Board did on Tuesday night, as opposed to what it did not do, there were some self-described "budget adjustments" and more today. The Academy has saved its changes for the categories Foreign Language Film and Animated Film.
The first category is now called International Feature Film. The outdated rule states that at least eight Animated features must be published each year to enable the second category.
In the Makeup and Hairstyling category, for example, there was almost a doubling. In the future, the category will have five instead of three nominated films, and the shortlist will increase from seven to ten images. While it will not mean much to the next one Romany, the short film categories – animated and live action short films – got some love for bi-coasts tonight. You can now receive a movie release within the boundaries of L.A. County or NYC to qualify for submission
See you at the Dolby Theater on February 22, 2020.