Rules changed for animated feature Oscar noms

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Oscar Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Oscar Acad­emy of Motion Pic­ture Arts and Sciences

The board of the Acad­emy of Motion Pic­ture Arts and Sci­ences — which hands out the Oscars — voted Tues­day to change the rules for nom­i­na­tion in the Ani­mated Fea­ture Film category.

The need for the board to vote to “acti­vate” the cat­e­gory each year was elim­i­nated, though a min­i­mum num­ber of eli­gi­ble releases — eight — is still required for a com­pet­i­tive category.

Addi­tion­ally, the Short Films and Fea­ture Ani­ma­tion branch rec­om­mended, and the Board approved, refine­ments to the num­ber of pos­si­ble nom­i­nees in the Ani­mated Fea­ture category.

In any year in which eight to 12 ani­mated fea­tures are released, either two or three of them may be nom­i­nated. When 13 to 15 films are released, a max­i­mum of four may be nom­i­nated, and when 16 or more ani­mated fea­tures are released, a max­i­mum of five may be nominated.

Pre­vi­ously, either three or five nom­i­nees for Ani­mated Fea­ture Film were per­mit­ted annu­ally, depend­ing on the num­ber of films released.

Rules are reviewed annu­ally by indi­vid­ual branch and cat­e­gory com­mit­tees. The Awards Rules Com­mit­tee then reviews all pro­posed changes before pre­sent­ing its rec­om­men­da­tions to the Academy’s Board of Gov­er­nors for approval.

The 84th Acad­emy Awards nom­i­na­tions will be announced live next Jan­u­ary 24 in the Academy’s Samuel Gold­wyn Theater.

Acad­emy Awards for out­stand­ing film achieve­ments of 2011 will be pre­sented next Feb­ru­ary 26 at the Kodak The­atre at Hol­ly­wood & High­land Cen­ter, and tele­vised live by ABC. The Oscar pre­sen­ta­tion also will be tele­vised live in more than 200 coun­tries worldwide.

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