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Streaming films eligible for Oscars, but for 1 year only

The film academy also says it will condense the two sound categories into one and prohibit DVD screeners in an effort to become more carbon neutral.
Credit: Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP
In this Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, file photo, an Oscar statue is pictured at the press preview for the 91st Academy Awards Governors Ball in Los Angeles. Movies that debuted on a streaming service without a theatrical run will be eligible for the Oscars, but only this year. The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences on Tuesday announced the change for the 93rd Academy Awards as a response to how the coronavirus pandemic has impacted the film industry. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

Movies that debuted on a streaming service without a theatrical run will be eligible for the Oscars, but only for this year. 

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences on Tuesday announced the change for the 93rd Academy Awards as a response to how the coronavirus pandemic has impacted the film industry. 

The film academy also says it will condense the two sound categories into one and prohibit DVD screeners for 2022's 94th Oscars in an effort to become more carbon neutral. 

The release eligibility change means that films that debuted online could be considered for best picture and other Oscars.

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