SAG Awards Changes Film Eligibility Rules – Variety

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The official movie guidelines for this 12 months’s SAG Awards received’t be introduced till subsequent month, however an e-mail despatched to studios on Thursday morning says the group shall be following the Academy of Movement Image Arts and Sciences’ short-term eligibility change for the Oscars.

“We’re nonetheless revising our movie launch standards however shall be following the Academy’s rule change to permit titles with a deliberate theatrical launch to be eligible if streamed or launched on VOD first,” the e-mail reads. “Full language shall be introduced in June together with the remainder of our guidelines.”

The Academy introduced on April 28 that the board of governors authorized a brief maintain on the requirement {that a} movie wants a seven-day theatrical run in a business theater in Los Angeles County to qualify for the Oscars.

As a substitute, movies shall be allowed to be launched digitally with out enjoying in theaters. Nonetheless, the streamed movie will need to have already had a deliberate theatrical launch to be eligible within the Oscar race. The movie should even be made obtainable on the Academy Screening Room member-only streaming web site inside 60 days of the movie’s streaming or VOD launch.

The 2020 FYC pointers and new payment buildings for movie for the SAG Awards had been additionally despatched to the studios this morning.

“The SAG Awards Nominating Committee shall be finalized in early July,” the one-page memo reads. “In gentle of the pandemic, in-person occasions are  suspended till additional discover. As we transfer to primarily digital occasions and digital screeners (although restricted mailings are nonetheless permitted) now we have developed new guidelines — and a brand new payment construction — round FYC campaigns geared in direction of our members.

It continues, “The pandemic is an evolving scenario and as issues change we’ll evolve with it and hold you knowledgeable on any updates to our pointers and guidelines by way of the summer season and fall.”

Additionally, prior to now, studios had to offer DVDs of eligible movies to nominating committee members. Nonetheless, in keeping with the memo, “Digital screeners at the moment are permitted throughout the pre-nom voting part. All digital screening platforms and streaming websites should be authorized by the SAG Awards.”

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