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UNITED STATES 26 Feb 2012 Oscars presented, reflecting rule change for nominees

The 84th Academy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles will reflect changes made to the length of the Best Picture shortlist.

February 26, 2012 - NULL

UNITED STATES 26 Feb 2012 Oscars presented, reflecting rule change for nominees

The 84th Academy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles will reflect changes made to the length of the Best Picture shortlist. It's now flexible. Possible contenders include "The Tree of Life," which won the Palme d'Or in May. But winning the top prize at Cannes doesn't mean an automatic nod for the Best Picture shortlist. And if stunt producers have their way, the next change announced by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will be an Oscar for stellar stunts.

The new rules require that a nominee

UNITED STATES 26 Feb 2012 Oscars presented, reflecting rule change for nominees

The 84th Academy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles will reflect changes made to the length of the Best Picture shortlist. It's now flexible. Possible contenders include "The Tree of Life," which won the Palme d'Or in May. But winning the top prize at Cannes doesn't mean an automatic nod for the Best Picture shortlist. And if stunt producers have their way, the next change announced by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will be an Oscar for stellar stunts.

The new rules require that a nominee for Best Picture must receive at least 5 per cent of first place votes. They stipulate that the number of nominated pictures will produce anywhere from five to 10 nominees. Previously, it was a fixed number, either five, or most recently, 10.
The Los Angeles Times pointed out in May that the Palme d'Or win for Terrence Malick's "Tree of Life" doesn't mean it will play at the Academy Awards ceremony. Only one Cannes champ has ever won best picture at the Academy Awards and that was 56 years ago, according to the publication. The movie was "Marty."

In a continuation of a 20-year quest, according to Back Stage, stunt coordinators are once again asking the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to create an Oscar category for their work. The publication describes it as an uphill battle because the Academy is known to be concerned about the length of the Awards show broadcast, which is typically three-plus hours.

The gold-plated Oscar is presented for: best picture, actor, actress, supporting actor, supporting actress, directing, original screenplay, adapted screenplay, cinematography, art direction and set decoration, editing, original musical or comedy score, original dramatic score, original song, costume design, makeup, sound, sound effects editing, visual effects, foreign-language film, animated feature film, animated short, live-action short, documentary feature, and documentary short. In a few select categories (e.g., makeup, sound editing) awards may not be given every year. The academy also presents scientific and technical awards, special achievement awards, honorary awards, the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award (for excellence in producing), and the Gordon E. Sawyer Award (for technological contributions), although these are not necessarily awarded annually. (WRITTEN JUNE 2011)

RELATED READING:

Academy rewrites rules for Best Picture Oscar (CBS 15 Jun 2011)
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/06/15/entertainment/main20071269.shtml

Academy Awards (Encyclopedia Britannica)
http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/2632/Academy-Award

Academy rewrites rules for Best Picture Oscar (CBS 15 Jun 2011)
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/06/15/entertainment/main20071269.shtml#ixzz1PMcDxNbm

The other change to the Oscars: Animation category eligibility altered (LA Times 15 Jun 2011)
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/awards/2011/06/the-other-change-to-oscars-animation-category-eligibility-altered.html

Date written/update: 2012-02-26