The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today the 289 feature films eligible for the 2013 Academy Awards. That’s just under 50% of the total number of films released theatrically this year.
The rules for eligibility, in case you didn’t know:
– To be eligible for 86th Academy Awards consideration, feature films must open in a commercial motion picture theater in Los Angeles County by midnight, December 31, and begin a minimum run of seven consecutive days.
– Under Academy rules, a feature-length motion picture must have a running time of more than 40 minutes and must have been exhibited theatrically on 35mm or 70mm film, or in a qualifying digital format.
– Feature films that receive their first public exhibition or distribution in any manner other than as a theatrical motion picture release are not eligible for Academy Awards in any category.
The 86th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 16, 2014, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.
Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2013 will be presented on Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center and televised live on the ABC Network. The presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.
Curious what films made the list of 289 films? The full list is available here, where you’ll find several black films released in 2013; although the vast majority of them won’t make the final list of nominees: http://www.oscars.org/awards/academyawards/rules/reminderlist.html.