BEVERLY HILLS, CA – The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences approved rules for the 86th Oscars. The most significant change affects the Animated Feature Film category.
In this category, the new rule designates a maximum of two award recipients, one of whom must have a producer credit. The director and/or key creative individual will continue to be a recipient, and in the circumstance of a two-person team with shared and equal director credit a third statuette may be awarded.
Previously announced rules changes for the 86th Academy Awards include allowing members to see the nominated documentary shorts and foreign language films either at a theatrical screening or on DVD. Previously, members were required to have seen the nominees in theaters in order to vote. The change comes after backlash against the rule, as members questioned why seeing nominees by DVD was allowed in some categories but not others.
Other adjustments to the rules include standard date and other routine changes.
Rules are reviewed annually by individual branch and category committees. The Award Rules Committee then evaluates all proposed changes before presenting its recommendations to the Academy’s Board of Governors for approval.
Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2013 will be presented Sunday, March 2, 2014 at the Dolby Theater at Hollywood & Highland Center and televised live on ABC Television Network. The presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide.