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Netflix Wins As Academy Leaves Oscar Eligibility Rule Unchanged

Any big change on what constitutes prestigious Oscar eligibility didn’t come tonight from the Academy’s Board of Governors, but the Foreign Language Film and the Animated Feature categories did receive a tweak.

Despite concerns expressed (and then unexpressed) by Steven Spielberg and others that Netflix be pressed by rule alterations to offer more extended theatrical runs for its film to be able to be nominated, the 54-person board of governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences left everything as is for nxt year’s 92nd Oscars – at least for now.

“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 in a statement put out by AMPAS late Tuesday after the organization’s annual Rules meeting had wrapped up.

The AMPAS board voted to keep Rule Two just as it has been for years.
“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,” the AMPAS statement tonight explained. “Motion pictures released in nontheatrical media on or after the first day of their Los Angeles County theatrical qualifying run remain eligible.”

“Our rules currently require theatrical exhibition, and also allow for a broad selection of films to be submitted for Oscars consideration,” the halfway through his term Bailey added. “We plan to further study the profound changes occurring in our industry and continue discussions with our members about these issues.”

AKA – later skater, we’re not opening this can of worms now.

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