The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have made some new changes in order to adapt to the big changes that have happened in the movie industry.
It has just been announced that stremaed films will now be elglible for 2021 Oscar awards.
In a statement, Academy President David Rubin and CEO Dawn Hudson shared, “The Academy firmly believes there is no greater way to experience the magic of movies than to see them in a theater. Our commitment to that is unchanged and unwavering. Nonetheless, the historically tragic COVID-19 pandemic necessitates this temporary exception to our awards eligibility rules.”
They added, “The Academy supports our members and colleagues during this time of uncertainty. We recognize the importance of their work being seen and also celebrated, especially now, when audiences appreciate movies more than ever.”
Sound mixing and sound editing awards will be combined into one category in 2021 as well.
The Music (Original Score) category has changed. In order to be eligible, it must contain a minimum of 60% original music. sequels and franchise films must have a minimum of 80% new music to be eligible as well.
The 2021 Oscars is still set to take place Sunday, February 28th, 2021 as of now.
Awards that have been postponed due to the Coronavirus include the Tony Awards, Cannes Film Festival, and the Billboard Music Awards.
In addition, Disney has postponed many theatrical releases including The New Mutants and Mulan.
Movies such as Trolls World Tour and The Way Back were released on demand and via streaming platforms.