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The Academy Announces New Rules, Key Dates for 89th Oscars

Los Angeles qualifying runs for feature films taking place after July 31, must consist of at least seven consecutive days, with three screenings daily and at least one screening beginning between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. daily.

LOS ANGELES -- The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences today announced key dates and rules & campaign regulations for the 89th Oscars, taking place February 26, 2017.

The rules and campaign regulations for the 89th Academy Awards were approved by the Academy’s Board of Governors at their most recent Board meeting, on June 28. The most significant changes affect the Los Angeles qualifying run required in most categories, and the New York qualifying run required in the Documentary Feature category.

To be eligible for 2016 Academy Awards consideration in most categories, a feature-length film will still need to complete a Los Angeles qualifying run of at least seven consecutive days, but screenings during this period must now occur at least three times daily, with at least one screening beginning between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. daily. Films that complete their Los Angeles qualifying run before July 31, 2016 are exempt from this additional requirement.

In the Documentary Feature category, the geographical area in which the New York qualifying run can take place has been expanded to include all of the city’s boroughs.

Other amendments to the rules include standard date changes and other “housekeeping” adjustments.

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 Board of Governors for approval.

Updated campaign regulations, which specify how companies and individuals may market to Academy members any movies and achievements eligible for the 89th Academy Awards, are also presented to the Board for approval. The most significant changes affect members’ attendance at certain types of screening and non-screening events.

Music Branch members may not be invited to or attend any screening, non-screening event or concert that includes a live performance of music eligible for nomination.

Academy members may not be invited to or attend any non-screening event, party or dinner that is reasonably perceived to unduly influence members or undermine the integrity of the vote. Members who fail to comply with this regulation will be subject to a one-year suspension of membership for first-time violations and expulsion for subsequent violations, as well as all other available remedies.

For the complete 89th Academy Awards rules and campaign regulations, visit oscars.org/rules.

Academy key dates for the 2016 Awards season are:

Saturday, November 12, 2016                 Governors Awards

Thursday, January 5, 2017                         Nominations voting opens

Friday, January 13, 2017                            Nominations voting closes

Tuesday, January 24, 2017                       Oscar Nominations Announcement

Monday, February 6, 2017                       Oscar Nominees Luncheon

Saturday, February 11, 2017                    Scientific and Technical Awards

Monday, February 13, 2017                     Finals voting opens

Tuesday, February 21, 2017                     Finals voting closes

Oscar Sunday, February 26, 2017           89th Academy Awards

The date for the 89th Academy Awards was previously announced, as was the date for the 90th Oscars (March 4, 2018).

The 89th Academy Awards will be held at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

Source: Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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Formerly Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network, Jennifer Wolfe has worked in the Media & Entertainment industry as a writer and PR professional since 2003.

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