As originally reported in Variety, some very high profile Oscar-worthy docs are ineligible for the 2017 Primetime Emmy Awards. Showtime’s Oscar-shortlisted Weiner, A&E’s Oscar-nominated Life, Animated, and the Grammy-nominated The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and The Silk Road Ensemble from HBO were all in violation of Emmy eligibility rules. According to Variety, each film received a DVD or internet release prior to airing on television.
That directly violates the following rule:
Television programs that are offered for sale on home video devices or offered for sale by means of electronic sell-through on the internet prior to their first airing or internet exhibition are not eligible, unless such offering occurs within seven (7) days prior to the program’s original airing or Internet exhibition.
Life, Animated received a 2017 Oscar nomination for Best Documentary, and Weiner received mention on the 2017 documentary shortlist. The Music of Strangers received a Grammy nomination this year for Best Music Film.
The 2017 Primetime Emmy Award nominations will be announced Thursday, July 13, 2017.