Oscar screenings are the latest part of the Hollywood landscape to be altered by the threat of terrorism.
Amid heightened security at studio lots, photo IDs will be checked for all attendees at upcoming screenings. Non-U.S. citizens will even be asked to show passports at some venues.
Members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences who once breezed in unannounced are being urged to formally RSVP. (If not, they could be — gasp! — turned away at the door.) Studios and consultants suggest auds allow extra time for the security measures.
Speaking of extra time, the screenings are starting earlier in the year. Miramax will launch daily screenings of “Amelie,” “The Others” and “Bridget Jones’s Diary” on Oct. 15, kicking off four solid months of buildup to nomination time.
The earlier-is-better mentality revealed itself this past summer when Fox Searchlight targeted Acad members in print ads for “Sexy Beast.”
Videotapes and DVDs of Oscar hopefuls can now be sent out starting Nov. 1 (two weeks sooner than last year). Those stay-at-home options, already a bugaboo for bigscreen purists, could certainly gain favor if the screening restrictions are seen as too onerous.