It's official: The Motion Picture Assoc. of America has agreed Thursday to partially lift its controversial screener ban. As part of the compromise, the MPAA will allow studios to mail VHS copies (not DVDs) of movies to Oscar voters only. Members of all other groups including the folks who hand out the Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild awards will be forced to see movies in theaters or posh screening rooms. (Poor dears.) The MPAA views the screener crackdown as a necessary evil in its war against piracy; the studios say it makes it more difficult for smaller films to get recognized during the crowded awards season.
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