It may not feel like we’re deep into Oscar season yet, but there are many official deadlines coming up in the Fall season. As a matter of fact, one of the biggest cutoffs will be next Monday. According to a press release from the Academy, the potential Animated Feature Film, Documentary Feature, Foreign Language Film, and short categories must submit for eligibility by this upcoming Monday, October 1st. This will likely push some of these features into 2019 if they cannot find distribution by that time. It should also help to focus the potential awards slates for companies like GKIDS, Sony Pictures Classics and others.
The deadline for submission does not mean the feature has already released. In fact, it simply puts the film in the race for this year’s Oscars. It also does not mean that every animated feature or film will find itself in one of these categories. For example, “Everybody Knows,” the Asghar Farhadi Spanish drama does not appear to be competing in the Foreign Language race. Hit with mixed reviews and no clear landing ground, both Iran and Spain independently selected other films to represent their countries in the race.
Also of note, this will just begin the process of consideration for a film in this category. In years past, some of these features or contenders get disqualified. Obviously, this occurs a lot in the score and song categories, when films are deemed ineligible due to reliance on pre-existing themes or music. The same can be said in the Animated Feature race, where films that use a mix of animation and live action have been dropped.
The full deadline list follows below:
Monday, Oct. 1, 2018
Animated Feature Film
Documentary Short Subject
Foreign Language Film
Animated Short Film
Live Action Short Film
Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018
General Entry categories (including Best Picture)