The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said on Tuesday that films with a previously planned theatrical release that are initially made available on a commercial streaming or VOD service will still qualify for the Oscars.
The temporary rule exemption is meant to address disruptions to theatrical exhibition caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The exemption will end when theaters reopen. At that point, films will be expected to follow the usual Oscar regulations, which require that a film be shown in a commercial motion picture theater in Los Angeles County for a theatrical run of at least seven consecutive days, during which period screenings must occur at least three times daily.
This adjustment to the rules particularly benefits animated movies like Trolls World Tour and Scoob!, which have opted for VOD launches. They are now assured of being considered for the Oscars for all the categories in which they would normally qualify.