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Academy Changes Rules For Animated Feature Oscar Category

Academy Changes Rules For Animated Feature Oscar Category

The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has approved the rules for next year’s Oscars, with the most significant change affecting the Animated Feature Film category.

In that category, a 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,” The Academy noted.

This year, a film with two director credits — “Brave” (shared by Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman) — won the Oscar, and both Andrews and Chapman took a statuette. However, producer Katherine Sarafian did not.

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.

The Academy Awards will be presented on Sunday, March 2, 2014.

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