The Academy Awards ceremony will be held at year-end to honour films released in both 2014 and 2015 in a break with the usual tradition of giving out awards a year late, according to the Myanmar Motion Picture Organisation (MMPO).
“It has become a custom to give the Academy Awards a year late. This custom causes great inconvenience. In other countries, the award ceremonies are held at year-end for films released within that year. Taking it from there, we need to get rid of the current system of handing them out so late. That’s why we are trying to combine [the award ceremonies] for 2014 and 2015 and hold them on the same day. We need to watch the films released over the last two years and select the winners. There will be 22 awards. After that, we will be able to hold the award ceremonies for each year,” said Aye Kyi Lay, vice-chairman of MMPO.
Last year, six awards were given in recognition of films released in 2013. The Film Scrutinising Committee for Selecting the Academy Awards will be organised in the near future. A total of 17 films were released in 2014.