Oscars suspend movie theater rule due to coronavirus

Los Angeles (AFP) - Movies that skip the big screen will be allowed to contend for Oscars this year, the Academy said Tuesday in a significant rule change forced by the coronavirus pandemic.Traditionally the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences requires at least a seven-day run in Los Angeles theaters for movies to be eligible for Hollywood's biggest prize.But picture houses in America's second city have been closed since mid-March, with no date set for them to reopen."Until further notice, and for the 93rd Awards year only, films that had a previously planned theatrical release but are...


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