After some public wrangling by Steven Spielberg The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that Oscars continues to be eligible for streaming platforms such as Netflix. Per CNN, the Academy confirmed its decision in a recent publication:
"The rule states that a movie must run for at least seven days at least in a commercial theater in Los Angeles County for three screenings a day for paid admission. Movies released in non-media media on or after the first day of their theatrical qualification run in Los Angeles County are still eligible.
Spielberg reportedly arrested the board in March, [1
The Academy has managed to pass some changes, including the name of the Foreign Language Film category International Feature Film: The number of nominated films in the make-up and hairstyling category has increased and is no longer the theatrical version of eight animated films Features required per entitlement period to trigger the Animated Features category.
This is a big relief for streaming services that want to produce high-quality movie content – including potentially Apple's upcoming streaming service, which Spielberg helped on its own last month.