Steven Spielberg has lost his appeal to Academy voters, as Netflix and Amazon films will still have Oscar eligibility if they meet the basic one-week run in LA requirements that are currently in place. After the first day, they can premiere on their streaming sites. This is a big deal, particularly for Netflix, who is banking on Martin Scorsese's The Irishman this year to go all the way to Best Picture.' The Academy also made some additional changes:
1) The have changed the name of Foreign Language Film to International Feature Film. As far as I can tell, this doesn't change the rules in place for the category, which are antiquated, and do not reflect the spirit of the new name.
2) Makeup and Hairstyling will now have five nominees and ten finalists. This is an awesome and way overdue move. They made the change a while back for Visual Effects, and it was about time for them to give these artists the same fair shot.
3) This one I honestly didn't know was on the books. Apparently in the past, at least 8 animated feature films had to be submitted for it to even be on the ballot. This rule has been scratched. Probably because it has never been an issue, and probably won't be anytime soon.