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.