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    I apologize if this sort of thing has been asked and answered already, or if it should be in the Television section, but I’m curious how the upcoming Emmys and Oscars are going to handle eligibility in light of the coronavirus outbreak.

    As I understand it, a film must play in Los Angeles County theaters for seven consecutive days in order to qualify for the Oscars. Obviously, with theaters closed, this is going to be impossible for certain films unless the distributors move the release dates.

    But do the films that are instead released digitally then become “television” movies by Emmy standards? The Lovebirds was intended for theatrical release, but will now receive a Netflix release next month. Trolls World Tour I think got a tiny, tiny theatrical release but possibly not enough to qualify, and just about everyone who saw it saw it digitally. Are these films, which would ordinarily be eligible for Oscars, now eligible for TV Movie and the other limited series categories at the Emmys?

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    If the film goes straight to digital but not a streaming service, it can be counted for the Academy Awards (assuming they change eligibility tomorrow). Example: Trolls: World Tour

    If the film goes straight to digital on a streaming service (such as Netflix), it can be counted for the Emmy Awards. Example: The Lovebirds

    This is my understanding of it as of right now.

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