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Guild Considering Changes to Film Eligibility – Variety

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There could also be some modifications in retailer for the 2021 SAG Awards due to the coronavirus pandemic.

SAG hosted its annual spring assembly for about 120 movie executives and awards consultants on Tuesday to debate awards season and the 27th annual ceremony, which is about to happen on Jan. 24.

SAG is contemplating altering eligibility guidelines in mild of theater closures. SAG Awards govt producer Kathy Connell confirmed to Selection that the guild is mulling over “permitting movies to stream earlier than a qualifying run.”

“In mild of every little thing happening on the earth proper now, we’re contemplating a variety of choices — amongst them permitting movies to stream earlier than a qualifying run,” Connell stated. “Right now every little thing is in dialogue and nothing is ultimate.”

With the long run unknown, SAG reps stated they haven’t made any ultimate choices. As an illustration, if theaters open after a movie premieres on a streaming service or on video-on-demand, will SAG mandate that the movie have a theatrical run to nonetheless qualify?

Present rules state that movies should first be publicly exhibited earlier than a paying viewers in a industrial movement image home in Los Angeles County for no less than a seven-day consecutive run commencing within the calendar 12 months 2020. Additionally, non-theatrical public exhibition or distribution can’t happen previous to the primary day of the L.A. County qualifying run. SAG does enable movies with a day-and-date launch in theaters and on VOD, or different new media platform, to qualify.

SAG reps additionally mentioned the way forward for its screenings and Q&As, that are thought-about instrumental throughout awards campaigning.

If social distancing continues to be the norm as awards season ramps up, SAG is contemplating digital Q&As. However once more, SAG reps insisted no concrete plans have been made.

Whereas the Academy of Movement Image Arts and Sciences has not introduced any modifications for subsequent 12 months’s Oscars, the Hollywood Overseas Press Affiliation stated in March that it was loosening its Golden Globes eligibility guidelines for movies, permitting contenders to be screened extra readily through screening hyperlinks relatively than in theaters.

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