Oscar 2020: Academy Launches Streaming Room to Watch Oscar Contenders

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has launched an expanded version of its Streaming Room platform for members to watch Oscar contenders.

Members of AMPAS received a notice from the Academy on Wednesday, noting the expansion now includes best picture hopefuls. Voters were already able to stream documentaries, animated films and shorts on the Academy’s members-only viewing site.
“Our streaming platform will provide greater access to movies in consideration to our growing global membership, while taking positive steps toward a greener, more environmentally friendly future,” the message said.

Academy President David Rubin had disclosed two weeks ago that the Academy wants to do away with DVDs for environmental purposes along with reducing costs for studios.
The Academy Screening Room is an Apple TV and Apple TV 4k app that’s usable with a member username and password. Some of the titles currently posted include “After the Wedding” (Sony Classics), “Dolemite Is My Name” (Netflix), “Downton Abbey” (Focus), “Frankie” (Sony Classics), “Judy” (Roadside Attractions), “The Mustang” (Focus), “Pain and Glory” (Sony Classics) and “The Peanut Butter Falcon” (Roadside Attractions).

Studios can still mail DVD screeners to members through approved mailing houses. Those screeners, which are sent to the entire membership, started being sent out on Oct. 18.

The message urged members to see as many Oscar contenders as possible in theaters: “We encourage you to view as many films as possible during their theatrical release and at additional theatrical screenings made available. The Academy will continue to host member screenings in Los Angeles, New York, the Bay Area and London.”