Directors guild changes eligibility rule to favor theaters

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Directors Guild of America is changing the eligibility rule for its top award in favor of theatrical releases over streaming.

The DGA says Wednesday that the board voted unanimously on Saturday to require that films premiere in theaters first before becoming available on any other platform. This rule change will be applicable for the upcoming DGA awards cycle.

All of its previous feature film nominees would still qualify under the new rule, including last year’s winner “Roma,” which was a Netflix movie that debuted in theaters before being made available to streaming subscribers. Some Netflix films are released in theaters and on the service simultaneously.

The award has been renamed to reflect the change. It is now called Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Theatrical Feature Film.

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