The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences just approved some new rules for the 80th Academy Awards. The most notable change is a rule that states that nominees for Best Picture can only be "three or fewer producers who have performed the major portion of the producing functions."
The board approved the potential for exceptions to that limit, but it definitely sends a message about disputes over who claims awards to films like 'Crash' from Yari Films. A lawsuit about whether Bob Yari (who financed the film) deserved a gold statuette, continued for months.
And the definition of 'animated feature' was clarified in light of all the new technologies -- it must use a "frame by frame technique". And in light of the 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit' genre of films--Disney has one coming out later this year--animation must figure in no less han 75 % of the movie's running time.
It's never too early to start planning your Oscar party. The nominations are announced on January 22 next year, and the awards will be broadcast on ABC (owned by Disney) on Sunday February 24.
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