Here's how Joyland can still qualify for the Oscars.

Despite the ban on the screening of Joyland, the Pakistani Academy Selection Committee's nominated film for the Oscars, the movie can still qualify for the awards.

The most prestigious awards for the global film industry have certain requirements for nominees, including a theatrical exhibition. Joyland was chosen as Pakistan's nominee for the International Feature Film Award category for the 95th Academy Awards. For international films, the rule states that they must be released outside of the US and its territories for at least seven consecutive days in a commercial motion picture theatre for paid admission.

Award strategists working on Joyland told Variety that they plan to give the film its required seven-day run in France by November 30, which is the qualifying release date cutoff for the Oscars' international feature category. If the film was submitted in general categories, such as best picture, it would have to be required to have a seven-day release in the US. However, the film does not currently have distribution yet. Additionally, Pakistan cannot retroactively choose another film as its entrant.

Joyland was banned from a cinematic screening in Pakistan after the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting canceled its exhibition license which was issued months ago. The federal government has declared the movie 'uncertified' after receiving complaints that 'the film contains highly objectionable material which do not conform with the social values and moral standards of our society and is clearly repugnant to the norms of 'decency and morality; as laid down in Section 9...

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