The Gold Knight: Rules approved for 2013 OscarsWritten by James A. Molnar | The Gold Knight | firstname.lastname@example.org
The film academy’s Board of Governors recently approved rules for the 85th Academy Awards, with the most significant changes affecting the Music, Foreign Language Film, Makeup and Visual Effects categories. Here are the following changes, per category:
Music (Original Song)
In the Music (Original Song) category, the Executive Committee can now recommend a fourth songwriter for an individual song be nominated “in rare and extraordinary circumstances.” The previous rule, in effect since 2005, allowed up to two songwriters per song — although a third songwriter could be considered if he or she were found to be an essentially equal contributor.
In the Foreign Language Film category, films must be submitted to the Academy in 35mm or DCP, but are no longer required to be exhibited in those formats in their countries of origin.
The award given in the Makeup category will now be called the Makeup and Hairstyling Award. And, during the nominations process, all branch members who have seen the seven shortlisted titles will receive ballots to list their top three choices.
In the Visual Effects category, nominees will be selected from a pool of 10 films chosen by the Branch Executive Committee by secret ballot. Previously, the committee could put forward as many as 10 productions or as few as seven.
Other adjustments include standard date changes and other “housekeeping.” Rules are reviewed annually by individual branch and category committees. The Awards Rules Committee then reviews all proposed changes before presenting its recommendations to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Board of Governors for approval.
Rule changes affecting the Documentary and Short categories, also for the 85th Academy Awards, were announced in January. The Board of Governors approved a rule change requiring a movie review from The New York Times or the Los Angeles Times to qualify a documentary for the Oscars.
The “most significant changes,” said the press release, will allow more members to vote in the Documentary Feature, Animated Short Film and Live Action Short Film categories. Another change allows for Academy members to view eligible films on “digital or DVD screeners” for Documentary Feature and the short film categories.
The 85th Academy Awards, for outstanding film achievements of 2012, will be presented on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center, and will be televised live on ABC and in more than 225 countries worldwide.
Toledo Free Press Lead Designer and Film Editor James A. Molnar blogs about all things Oscar at TheGoldKnight.com. Watch him discuss movies on “WNWO Today” around 5:50 a.m. on Fridays.