October 9, 2020

Drive-In Theater Screenings Now Count Toward Academy Award Eligibility


The Academy Awards are digging into movie theater past to look toward the future.


This year has been a wild ride for Hollywood. With theaters being closed and then partially open, we’ve seen fluctuating box office returns and the movement of many of the movies we’d usually consider “Oscar-worthy.”



With the winter months coming and the awards season upon us, the Academy is loosening its requirements on qualifying for the Oscars for feature films.



The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted that drive-in screenings will now count towards qualifying a film for the 93rd Oscars. For drive-in screenings, there will only be one screening per day required, as opposed to three for all others.



That’s a huge deal.



This move reflects the idea to allow films that had to nix their planned theatrical release to still be able to qualify if they first screened on a streaming or VOD platform…provided they then screened on the Academy Screening Room members-only streaming service within 60 days thereafter.



According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Academy has added this two-part addendum:

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Source: NoFilmSchool