The Oscar Project
I'm a little behind on this because the official press release came out last week, but I wanted to share some changes to the rules and nominations that will be in place for the next Oscars.
Read below for more information on the changes to the Oscar rules for the awards that will be handed out on February 9, 2020.
Animated Feature Film Gets a Pass
Previous rules stipulated that eight animated features had to be released in the calendar year for the category to be "activated." This rule is no longer in effect, ensuring that the Best Animated Feature Film category will appear at the Oscars every year. Look for your favorite animated films from this year at the Oscars including potential nominees Frozen 2, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, The Secret Life of Pets 2, and Shaun the Sheep 2.
Foreign Language Film Name Change
The name of the Foreign Language Film category will be changed to Best International Feature Film. According to the Academy's press release, they have noted that "the reference to 'Foreign' is outdated... [and] we believe that International Feature Film better represents this category, and promotes a positive and inclusive view of filmmaking."
The rules remain the same, with stipulations that the film be produced outside the United States and include mostly non-English dialogue with only one entry per country each year. Additionally, the short list for the category will expand to ten films.
Makeup and Hairstyling Expansion
Makeup and Hairstyling has been a three film race for some time, but will be expanding to five films like the rest of the categories (except Best Picture). Additionally, the short list for this category will be expanding from seven to ten.
Short Film Qualification
The two short film categories will not include the option to have theatrical qualification in either New York City or Los Angeles County.
There was some conversation around Oscar time this year about a push from Steven Spielberg to limit eligibility of films from streaming services such as Netflix. His proposal requested a change from requiring a one week theatrical release to a full four week release in order to qualify for the Oscars.
This came in the wake of the big Oscar push made by Netflix for the film Roma this past year. The film was released theatrically, but was also immediately available on their streaming service and ultimately took home three awards this year.
Ultimately, the Academy has decided to retain the one week (seven-day) theatrical release in Los Angeles County to be eligible. It also includes at least three screenings per day in that run and allows for the film to be released on other media, including streaming services, any time on or after the first day of theatrical release.
I'm just a film buff who wants to watch great movies. Where else to find the best, than the list of those nominated by the Academy each year?