While the 93rd Academy Awards will not take place until Sunday, February 28, 2021, there will be some big changes in how the ceremony works, as the Academy revealed in a tweet.
Here’s what you need to know about #Oscars:
– For this year of awarding only, films broadcast continuously will be eligible for the best film prize
– In the future, the Sound Mixing and Sound Editing prizes will be combined into one category: Best sound
For more details: https://t.co/LjBJJHExCN
– The Academy (@TheAcademy) April 28, 2020
Because there are a lot of movies that can’t make theatrical debuts, like Trolls: World Tour, the Academy has relaxed the rules – but only for this year. Streaming films will be eligible for the best film this year, and only for the 93rd Academy Awards. “The Academy firmly believes that there is no better way to experience the magic of movies than to see them in a theater,” said Academy President David Rubin and CEO Dawn Hudson in a statement. detailing all the changes. “Our commitment in this regard is unchanged and unwavering. However, the historically tragic COVID-19 pandemic requires this temporary exception to our award eligibility rules. 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 the films more than ever. “
In addition, mixing and sound editing will be combined into one award as “Best Sound Direction”. Up to six statuettes can be assigned per sound team, which will include a production sound mixer, two supervising sound editors and three recording mixers.
The sound mixing award made its debut in 1929, with Douglas Shearer of MGM winning for The Big House. The sound publishing prize was awarded for the first time in 1963 with Walter Elliot winning for his work on It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World.
There was only one other notable change, revolving around the best musical score. To be eligible, a film score must be at least 60% new music. If the film is from a franchise or a sequel, 80% must be new music.