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Oscar Watch 2012

01/03/2012

With every new year comes widespread confusion over what the Academy‘s latest gimmick will be. Years of declining Oscar-show ratings have resulted in a schizophrenic Academy leadership that seems to be chasing popularity rather than inspiring viewer interest. (Shorter voting periods! More Best Picture nominees!)

After a lackluster attempt at boosting TV viewership with an expanded slate of ten Best Picture hopefuls, the Academy has shifted to a wishy-washy middle-ground that sets the total number of nominees at a flexible number between five and ten, with the cutoff being a required 5% of the overall vote.

Here, in full is “Rule Seventeen” which details this year’s procedure:

RULE SEVENTEEN
SPECIAL RULES FOR THE
BEST PICTURE OF THE YEAR AWARD
1. A Reminder List of all eligible motion pictures shall be sent with a nominations ballot to all active and life members of the Academy who shall vote in the order of their preference for not more than five pictures.
2. The pictures receiving the highest number of votes shall become the nominations for final voting for the Best Picture award. There may not be more than ten nor fewer than five nominations; however, no picture shall be nominated that receives less than five percent of the total votes cast.
3. The individual(s) who shall be credited for Academy Award purposes must have screen credit of “producer” or “produced by.” Persons with screen credits of executive producer, co-producer, associate producer, line producer, produced in association with or any other credit shall not receive nominations or Academy statuettes. The nominees will be those three or fewer producers who have performed the major portion of the producing functions. The Producers Branch Executive Committee will designate the qualifying producer nominees for each of the nominated pictures. The committee has the right, in what it determines to be a rare and extraordinary circumstance, to name any additional qualified producer as a nominee.
4. Final voting for the Best Picture award shall be restricted to active and life Academy members.

Got that?

For numerous other bullet-pointed  regulations governing each Oscar category, check out the complete list of 27 rules for the 84th Annual Academy Awards, found here.

I admit, I find these arcane details fascinating. I make a point to brush up each year on the ever-changing parameters for the Foreign Language Film category, Animated Feature, and, of course, Best Picture. Yes, this is a disease.

This year’s significant Oscar-related dates are:
January 13th: Nomination period closes.
January 24th: Nominees announced.
February 21: Voting ends.
Sunday, February 26th: Awards ceremony and winners announced.

Let the games begin!

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