OSCARS: NEW RULES Would Make ‘O.J.: Made in America’ Win Unlikely


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced new rules that, if they had applied to last year’s ceremony, would have made a win for Ezra Edelman’s multi-part documentary “O.J.: Made in America”  unlikely.

Per TheWrap, here are some snippets from the press release from the Academy detailing the new rules. Check them out below:

For the first time, nominations voting in the Animated Feature Film category will be opened up to the entire eligible voting membership. Invitations to join the nominating committee will be sent to all active Academy members, rather than a select craft-based group. Voting in the nominations round will now be preferential instead of based on a numerical scoring system. Members participating on the nominating committee may view films in their theatrical runs or at other screenings, through the Academy’s streaming site or on DVDs/screeners to qualify to vote.

In the Documentary categories, multi-part or limited series are not eligible for awards consideration. The Documentary Branch Executive Committee will resolve all questions of eligibility and rules.

In the Best Picture category, in determining the number of producers eligible for nomination, a bona fide team of not more than two people shall be considered to be a single “producer” if the two individuals have had an established producing partnership as determined by the Producers Guild of America (PGA) Producing Partnership Panel. Final determination of the qualifying producer nominees for each nominated picture will be made by the Academy’s Producers Branch Executive Committee.

In the Music (Original Score) category, in the case of a score that has three or more equally contributing composers, the composers may be considered as a group. If the score wins the Original Score award, the group would receive a single statuette.

Tell us: What do you think of the new rules? What changes would you suggest to the Academy, if you had the chance? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or on the message boards!