The biggest changes to the Origins Awards were to the categories. The Academy added an entirely new award category for "Best Digital Adaptation of a Physical Game," and brought back two categories from years past for "Best Historical Game" and "Best Historical Miniatures Game." There was one category that was removed by the Academy, "Best Role-Playing Game Supplement."
The other major changes to the Origins Awards were to the nominating process. Nominees will now be selected by a single unified jury from products submitted by their publishers, which streamlines the process. Academy members on the jury are encouraged to only nominate products within their categories of expertise. Submissions will start as early as November 19 for products released between November 15, 2018 and November 14, 2019. The top five nominees in each category will be announced during GAMA Trade Show, March 9-12, 2020.
Finally, GAMA made a few modifications to the Awards ceremony itself: there will now be theater seating for show attendees, and the Industry and VIG section will have a dessert spread and cash bar instead of the full meal spread with free beverages.
The Origins Awards were last held June 15, 2019, and ICv2 reported on the winners as well as the Hall of Fame inductees (see "OriginsAwards2019 Winners").