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SAG Awards Will Consider Films That Didn’t Premiere in Theaters

SAG Awards Will Consider Films That Didn’t Premiere in Theaters

  • The SAG Awards will revise the rule that will allow movies that premiere on-demand to be eligible.
SAG Awards Will Consider Films That Didn’t Premiere in Theaters

Although the official rules won’t be announced until next month, an email sent to studios this week has suggested that the SAG Awards will be following the Oscars’ footsteps and allowing films that premiere on-demand to be eligible to be nominated.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, movie theaters including in Los Angeles and New York have closed. This has caused studios to release on PVOD instead of delaying releases to another date.

“We are still revising our film release criteria but will be following the Academy’s rule change to allow titles with a planned theatrical release to be eligible if streamed or released on VOD first,” the email reads. “Full language will be announced in June along with the rest of our rules.”

The Academy announced last month that it will put a temporary hold on the rule that required a film to have a seven-day theatrical run in Los Angeles County.

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Along with the statement, the 2020 For Your Consideration guidelines and new fee structures were also sent to studios. The SAG Awards Nominating Committee will be finalized next month with the official rules.

Digital screenings will also be allowed during the pre-nomination phase on platforms and streaming sites approved by the SAG Awards.

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