‘Hamilton’ Will Not Be Eligible For Oscar Nominations


2020 was a very unusual year and with it came a lot of shifting for films. Movies were delayed or sent to steaming and now it may impact what types of awards they are eligible for, including ‘Hamilton.”

The Broadway show turned Disney+ streaming film will apparently be eligible for SAG Awards and Golden Globe Awards, but not the Oscar.

The Hollywood Reporter discussed why that is the case:

“Indeed, there is no rule on the Academy’s books that would technically preclude Hamilton from competing for Oscar noms. The closest thing is a rule that was implemented in 1997 for the documentary features and documentary shorts categories: “Works that are essentially promotional or instructional are not eligible, nor are works that are essentially unfiltered records of performances.”

But nobody ever argued that Disney+’s Hamilton is a documentary. So, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed with the Academy, the Academy’s Awards Rules Committee, anticipating controversy if this project — comprised almost entirely of four-year-old content captured on a stage — was deemed Oscar-eligible, met to discuss the situation. And its members decided to disqualify Hamilton, citing Rule Two, Section G of the 93rd Academy Awards Rules, which states in part: “The Awards Rules Committee will evaluate all matters of rules and eligibility.” (You can be sure that the wording in the 94th Academy Awards Rules will address this sort of work more specifically.)

So ‘Hamilton’ will not be eligible for the Oscar. Now according to THR it would be eligible for the Golden Globe under best picture (musical or comedy). Lin-Manuel Miranda and Leslie Odom Jr. would be eligible for best actor in the same category. Other actors could be eligible for best supporting actors in their respective categories.

The SAG Awards has decided to not treat ‘Hamilton’ as a film, but instead as a TV movie, since it was streaming on Disney+.  It could compete in either the “best actor in a TV movie or miniseries” category or ‘best actress in a TV movie or miniseries” category.

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Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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