The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said today that 323 pics are vying for a Best Picture Oscar nomination. That 34 more than last year. To be eligible for consideration for the 87th Academy Awards, featrun at least 40 minutes and open in a commercial motion picture theater in Los Angeles County by midnight, December 31, and begin a minimum run of seven consecutive days. The theatrical screenings must be on 35mm or 70mm film, or in a qualifying digital format. The 87th Academy Awards nominations will be announced January 15, and the hardware will be doled out February 22 at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland. ABC will air the ceremony live, with Neil Patrick Harris hosting.
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