Filmmakers may soon be forced to choose between how their movies are released or possibly winning an Oscar.
In a story from Variety, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences is considering making films that open in theaters, on Cable TV and DVD, "ineligible for Oscar consideration."
"We have been talking about it because the line is blurring and we can't avoid that fact," says AMPAS president Sid Ganis, someone who doesn't favor the "day-and-date" release pattern. "But right now we're the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. If you want to premiere your movie on TV, there's a very fine academy that handles that."
As it stands now, movies cannot play "on TV or the Internet before or anytime within two months after their qualifying theatrical release" for Academy consideration.