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Academy Changes Rules Along With Some Category Names for the 2023 Oscars

The Academy of Motion Picture, Arts and Sciences has announced new rules and campaign regulations in anticipation for the 95th edition of the Academy Awards, which will take place on March 12th, 2023.

Moving on from COVID-related issues, The Academy will be returning to a traditional eligibility period, which means that the theatrical requirement is back (any movies made by a streaming service must be released in theatres to qualify), and any films that want to be submitted must be released from January 1st, 2022 to December 31st, 2022.

Posting a movie on the Academy’s streaming service, the Academy Screening Room, is no longer a method of qualification, since most cinemas have reopened. Movies will have to screen in Los Angeles County, New York City, the Bay Area, Chicago, Miami, or Atlanta to qualify. Under certain circumstances, studios may send digital links directly to Academy members and voters.

Additionally, the categories for “Best Documentary Feature” and “Best Documentary Short Subject” will be renamed “Best Documentary Feature Film” and “Best Documentary Short Film.” For any given movie, no more than three original songs can be submitted for consideration in the Best Original Song category.

For the Best Sound category, movies need to be available for viewing by sound branch members, especially if the movie opens after the preliminary voting cycle. The Academy also announced their deadlines for their respective categories, which you can read below:

Documentary Feature Film – Monday, October 3, 2022
International Feature Film – Monday, October 3, 2022
Animated Short Film – Friday, October 14, 2022
Documentary Short Film – Friday, October 14, 2022
Live Action Short Film – Friday, October 14, 2022
Original Score – Tuesday, November 1, 2022
Original Song – Tuesday, November 1, 2022
Animated Feature Film – Tuesday, November 15, 2022
General Entry categories – Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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Written by Maxance Vincent

Maxance Vincent is a freelance film and TV critic, and a recent graduate of a BFA in Film Studies at the Université de Montréal. He is currently finishing a specialization in Video Game Studies, focusing on the psychological effects regarding the critical discourse on violent video games.

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