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.

That raised the question of whether those movies, such as “Trolls World Tour” or “Capone” or “The King of Staten Island,” would be eligible for Academy Awards.

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.

Sort of.

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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