Apr 24, 2019 10:48 AM EST

New Oscar Rules Announced for 92nd Annual Event

New Oscar Rules Announced for 92nd Annual Event
The  Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced a change in some rules to their Oscars process.

To start, the Foreign Language Film category name has been changed to International Feature Film. 

"We have noted that the reference to ‘Foreign' is outdated within the global filmmaking community. We believe that International Feature Film better represents this category, and promotes a positive and inclusive view of filmmaking, and the art of film as a universal experience", commented Larry Karaszewski and Diane Weyermann, co-chairs of the International Feature Film Committee.

In addition, the shortlist for the International Feature Film award is expanding to ten films; seven to be chosen by the Phase I International Feature Film Committee, and the additional three to be voted by the International Feature Film Award Executive Committee.  

Another change that was made was to the Animated Feature category. There will no longer be a requirement of 8 eligible animated features in the calendar year for the awards category to be activated.

In the Makeup and Hairstyling category, the number of nominated films is increasing from three to five, and the shortlist is increasing from seven to ten.  In addition, the bake-off reels for the films shall not exceed seven minutes in total running time.

In the Short Film categories, Animated and Live Action Short Films now have the option to qualify theatrically in either the City of New York or Los Angeles County to be eligible for submission.  

Academy President John Bailey said, "We support the theatrical experience as integral to the art of motion pictures, and this weighed heavily in our discussions. Our rules currently require theatrical exhibition, and also allow for a broad selection of films to be submitted for Oscars consideration. We plan to further study the profound changes occurring in our industry and continue discussions with our members about these issues.

Rules are reviewed annually by individual branch and category committees.  

The 92nd Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 9, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT.  The Oscars also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide. For more information, go to www.oscars.org.
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