‘Hamilton’ Isn’t Eligible To Be An Oscar Nominee

The Disney+ production of Hamilton might be the most-watched program on the planet. It might be personally responsible for thousands, maybe millions, of new subscriptions to the service.  There’s no denying it; Hamilton has been absolutely gigantic for Disney. But you know what it won’t be for Disney? An Oscar nominee.

So, this story has sorta surprised me because anybody who knows the Academy rules would’ve seen this coming. Hamilton doesn’t meet the requirements of either a narrative feature or a documentary, and is ineligible for the Oscars.  A member of the Academy confirmed it to Gregory Ellwood of ThePlaylist.

Here is the rule that keeps Hamilton out of contention: “Works that are essentially promotional or instructional are not eligible, nor are works that are essentially unfiltered records of performances.” 

I think there will be some haggling about this over the next few months. Hamilton is so extraordinarily popular and arrives at such a unique time, that we might see fans protest it being left out of the awards race. Whether the Academy folds under pressure is the question.


Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.