The 97th Oscars are Shaking Things Up with Some Changes

April 23
The 97th Oscars are Shaking Things Up with Some Changes
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced changes related to the awarding of its prizes.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced changes that will apply to the upcoming 97th edition of the Oscars, which will take place on March 2, 2025. Among the most significant changes, as reported by Variety, is that for film music, up to three composers can now receive their own statuette, whereas previously they received only one as a group.

Recognition of drive-in theaters as venues where films can qualify for Oscars has also ceased, an measure introduced in 2020 due to the coronavirus epidemic.

Changes concerning the awarding of honorary prizes have also been announced. The Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award (given to creative producers) will now receive an Oscar statuette instead of Thalberg’s bust. The Gordon E. Sawyer and John A. Bonner Awards have been renamed to “Scientific and Technical Lifetime Achievement Award” and “Scientific and Technical Service Award,” respectively.

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