OSCARS: Animated Feature Rule Change

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 shall 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. Prior to the final round of voting, the Academy will provide members with DVDs of the nominated films in five categories: Foreign Language Film, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject, Animated Short Film, and Live Action Short Film.

Other adjustments to the rules include standard date and other routine changes.

Rules are reviewed annually by individual branch and category committees. The Awards 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 on Oscar® Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide.

  1. This is a great development for animation producers. And very deserved — since the producer serves as crucial of a role as the director and should receive recognition. Smart move, Academy!

  2. The big problem with the Animated Feature category is that far too many films get nominated making it the easiest category to be nominated in. In 2012, 282 live-action features competed for a maximum of 10 nominations for Best Picture. By comparison 21 animated features competed for 5 nominations for Best Animated Feature. That 21 includes a lot of no-hopers and DTV fare like the TINKERBELLl movie that have a limited theatrical release. If you make a half-decent animated movie you are practically guaranteed a 1 in 2 chance of a nomination – which explains how SHARK TALE and JIMMY NEUTRON: BOY GENIUS amongst other dubious nominees, got their nod. This needs to be fixed.

    1. You’re going back pretty far to find (what you consider) dubious nominees. Shark Tale was nearly 10 years ago. Since that time, I can’t think of many, if any, undeserved animation nominations. If anything, I find the quality of animated movies as a whole to be amazingly high. Why should it matter if the percentage of animated movies that get nominated is higher than the percentage of live action movies that get nominated? It’s not the lottery, the nominees aren’t randomly drawn out of a hat, so who cares how many films there are? There’s still a committee and voters who apply standards in choosing the nominees. The number of eligible films is irrelevant.

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