During the COVID-19 pandemic, the entertainment business (in this case, the film industry) like any other industry will not be able to return to the normality of its business model at any point soon. The subject of how the novel coronavirus will make any influence to the 2021 Oscars is still pending waiting for an answer because of the possibility of another spread of the COVID-19 during the reopening of essential businesses. Although the 2021 award show may be able to continue, as usual, the movies that are getting submitted for consideration will need to get some adjustments.
Many movies are delayed or just opted to go straight to streaming, VOD, DVD, Video on Demand. Going straight to other platforms instead of being in theatre is a move made by some studios to recoup their investment. There is often a rule by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) that a film must have a qualifying theatrical run to be eligible for the Oscars.
The Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences has a set of principles that have not been refreshed or corrected at the hour of this composition. One of the rules stated that the standard for film eligibility to be qualified for awards thought, a film must be screened in a Los Angeles County commercial theater for seven days; there will be at least three screenings for each day for ticket confirmation. Besides, movies launched in nontheatrical media on or after the first day of their Los Angeles County theatrical qualifying run stay qualified.
Any film that doesn’t meet this prerequisite is naturally ineligible under current guidelines. This standard is the motivation behind why, for example, Netflix has purchased physical cinemas even though they are a streaming platform: as they move into making films that are Oscar-caliber like Roma (2018), The Irishman (2019), and Marriage Story (2019), they must have a conventional screening in theatre before the release on their Netflix platform to stay qualified.
So I’m not catching this’ meaning in our current reality where dramatic runs probably won’t be conceivable? With shutdowns proceeding for years to come, it’s less and more uncertain that all the motion pictures focusing on 2020 discharge dates — and hence 2021 Oscar qualification — will have the option to just defer to later 2020 dates. All things considered, there are just such huge numbers of screens for films to play on; it’s not plausible to pack a year of motion pictures into a half year or less. Significant film celebrations, for example, SXSW and Cannes, have just been deferred or dropped, and it’s conceivable that Telluride and TIFF could stick to this same pattern this Fall. Those celebrations are instrumental in propelling Oscar hopefuls, particularly short movies, narratives, and universal movies; without them, the business would have a drastically extraordinary look this year.
The Academy is as of now keeping all choices open at present. The Academy is centered around helping their staff, their governors, and the business securely explores through this worldwide wellbeing and financial emergency, stated by an Academy representative in an announcement to Deadline. They are assessing all parts of this dubious scene and what changes may be made. They are focused on being agile and groundbreaking as they talk about what is best for the eventual fate of the business and will make further declarations in the coming days.
The obvious choice is to permit the release on a streaming platform to be qualified, yet that itself gets into an entire tricky situation. As of late as a year ago, significant figures in the media business have been whining about Netflix and comparative stages breaking into the film business as genuine motion pictures as opposed to TV motion pictures.
Steven Spielberg made his complaints understood in a 2018 press meet for Ready Player One. If the film is on Netflix then it should only merit an Emmy, not an Oscar. He doesn’t accept that films that are simply given token capabilities in a few venues for not exactly seven days ought to meet all requirements for the Academy Award designation.
In 2019, he made some noise for changing Academy rules to require a four-week select run at face to face theaters to be qualified for Oscars, according to IndieWire; the proposed change didn’t pass, yet it unquestionably demonstrated that large names in Hollywood are unsettled about gushing stages entering the film game (where they already were viewed as essentially advanced TV systems). In any event, permitting a one-year special case for the pandemic could start the discussion once more or open the entryway for significant changes in the film business’ treatment of gushing movies.
What might occur in the impossible occasion that solitary motion pictures that deal with a passing run could be qualified? Hypothetically, a portion of the motion pictures scheduled for year’s end discharges (as in, November/December) may figure out how to open if theaters open in time, implying that titles like West Side Story may have the option to make it in an ideal opportunity for a customary passing run. Without a customary Oscar season pressed with qualifying films, however, motion pictures from prior in the year would be viewed as contenders as a matter of course. Films that wouldn’t have to endure a normal honor season like The Invisible Man, Emma and Birds of Prey all could end up as genuine contenders, alongside little-seen and universally applauded motion pictures like First Cow.
Will the Oscars to honor the films of 2020 even occur by any stretch of the imagination? Now, it truly is too soon to make any concrete statement. The 2021 Oscars aren’t planned until Feb. 28, 2021, which is much later anyway. Yet, it could be a very long time before many businesses and organizations reopen, and significantly longer before non-essential, crowded social events like going to cinemas can open and have enough groups ready to come to continue them. Every single award shows (including the Oscars, the Golden Globes), may wind up confronting a decision: change the standards, getting the portion of films’ nominations from a much smaller selection of films, or put the award show on hiatus. This discussion will proceed throughout the following a while as the circumstance changes.
Edited Update: On June 15, the AMPAS made an official announcement that the 2021 Oscars will be postponed until late April instead of late February as originally planned. The old airing date of the Oscars was February 28, 2021, and the new airing date to honor the films of 2020 (and the first two months of 2021) will be April 25, 2021. The deadline for the eligible submission of films is now extended to February 28 and the nominations for the Oscars will be announced on March 25, 2021. A previous rule was allowed for presumably only this year is that streaming films can be eligible.