NOTE: This article is a republication- Source: The Playlist (by Gregory Ellwood).
The Academy of Motion Pictures has now made it clear. A one-week qualifying run in Southern California is no longer acceptable. For the first time in decades, the Academy is requiring a movie to play in 10 of the top 50 markets in the United States for at least a week. In theory, this means more Oscar watchers will get to see the contenders on the big screen before the nominations are announced. Maybe.
he new rule is meant to take aim streamers who only screen their movies in New York and Los Angeles (and perhaps London) and small distributors who do a LA area qualifying run before expanding after nominations.
To qualify for the Best Picture category, a film must now adhere to the following rules:
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