Critics’ Dialogue: Should the Oscars Recognize Films That Are Streaming Only?
As Hollywood adjusts to the coronavirus pandemic, a number of film distributors have chosen to scrap their theatrical release plans and launch certain titles on streaming services instead.
They now will be — at least, for this year.
Variety chief film critics Owen Gleiberman and Peter Debruge discuss whether relaxing the rules is a good thing.Owen Gleiberman: Well, Peter, the Oscars have now embraced streaming.
The question is: For how long? At the end of April, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences approved a temporary hold on the requirement that a movie needs to have a seven-day theatrical run at a commercial theater in Los Angeles County to become an Oscar contender.
Films that have been released digitally, and only digitally,
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