Beverly Hills, CA (rushprnews) June 13, 2007â€“â€“ The governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences approved the rules for the 80th Academy Awards at their Tuesday evening (6/12) meeting. According to Academy President Sid Ganis, the changes they approved represent â€œa small number of refinements but no major shift in course.â€
The most notable adjustment is a one-sentence addition to the rules for the Best Picture of the Year award. While the rule continues to state that the nominees will be those â€œthree or fewer producers who have performed the major portion of the producing functions,â€ the Producers Branch Executive Committee recommended, and the Board approved, wording that allows a possible exception to that limit: The committee has the right, in what it determines to be a rare and extraordinary circumstance, to name any additional qualified producer as a nominee.
â€œThe committee and the governors believe strongly that itâ€™s very important to have a limit on the number of producers who can be nominated and potentially receive an OscarÂ® statuette,â€ explained Ganis. â€œBut we also recognize that a truly unique situation could arise, and we want to have just enough flexibility to allow for that rare occurrence.â€
The definition of an animated feature film was altered to further clarify the requirements for that category, in light of the emerging technologies now being used in the production of some movies. An animated feature film is now defined as a motion picture of at least 70 minutes in running time, in which movement and charactersâ€™ performances are created using a frame-by-frame technique. In addition, a significant number of the major characters must be animated, and animation must figure in no less than 75 percent of the pictureâ€™s running time.
In the Art Direction category, an adjustment now allows for the possibility, again only in unusual circumstances, of two production designers or two set decorators receiving nominations for their work on a given film, but not both. In the past, the rule allowed for only one production designer, though two set decorators could be nominated in rare cases.
New language concerning digital cinema qualification standards, necessary to accommodate evolving equipment and formats, was approved earlier this year. Also approved at that time were the rules for the Documentary and Short Film categories. Documentary theatrical rollout requirement deadlines were moved up, and all documentary and short films may now qualify via the digital cinema requirements as defined for either the 80th or the 79th Academy Awards.
Other modifications of the rules include normal date changes and minor â€œhousekeepingâ€ changes. Complete rules for all categories can be viewed online at www.oscars.org/80academyawards/rules/index.html.
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 Academyâ€™s Board of Governors for approval.
Academy AwardÂ® nominations in all categories will be announced on January 22, 2008. The 80th Academy Awards presentation will be telecast live by the ABC Television Network on Sunday, February 24, 2008.
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