After weeks of bad news for cinema, at last there is something positive, as the Academy has confirmed that films shown at drive-in cinemas will be in the running for the Oscars in 2021.

The change of rules has been put in place by the Academy’s board of governors for the Best Picture and general entry categories.

To be eligible, the film must have had a 7 day run at an outdoor cinema.

The measures are even more vital now since it’s been announced that many cinemas are closing due to the COVID panedemic.

In addition to drive-in screenings, earlier this year the Academy confirmed that films streaming online will also be in the running. Organisers said it would be a “temporary exception” because of the unusual circumstances.

Cineworld confirmed the temporary closure last week, and Odeon are changing their operations at a quarter of their screens, moving to Friday to Sunday opening.


Many forthcoming major blockbusters have been delayed too, including the latest Bond film No Time To Die, as well as The Batman, Jurassic World: Dominion, Dune, and the latest Wes Anderson flick The French Dispatch.

Other films moved to streaming only, including Disney’s Mulan, and the follow up to Borat is arriving on Amazon Prime later this month.

Have you been to any drive-in showings?



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