From Scott Feinberg‘s exclusive THR story (10.7) titled “Drive-In Screenings Will Now Count Towards Eligibility”:
1. Films which are intended for theatrical release, but are initially made available through commercial streaming, VOD service or other broadcast may qualify by making the film available on the secure Academy Screening Room member site within 60 days of the film’s streaming/VOD release or broadcast.
2. Films may [also] qualify with a traditional theatrical release, completing a seven-day run in one of six qualifying cities (Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco/Bay Area, Chicago, Miami, Atlanta), screening at least three times daily, with at least one screening between 6 pm and 10 pm daily.
“Additionally, drive-in theaters in these cities will now qualify as a commercial venue. The screening requirement [in this instance] will be adjusted from three times daily to once daily. Films that have a theatrical release are not required to submit to the Academy Screening Room within 60 days — it is optional.”
The 93rd Oscars will happen on Sunday, 4.25.21.