279 flicks eligible for Oscars

Jan 03, 2003 by Ian Evans

The Academy Awards® will be here before you know it and for those of you who like to keep track of these things, the Oscar® nominees for Best Picture will be chosen from a list of 279 feature-length films.

Nomination ballots and a complete list of the 279 eligible films will be mailed next week to members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

According to Academy rules, to qualify for consideration a feature-length motion picture must have a running length of more than 40 minutes and have been exhibited theatrically on 35mm or 70mm film, or in a qualifying digital format. The films must open in a commercial theater, for paid admission, in Los Angeles County between January 1, 2002, and midnight December 31, 2002, and run for seven consecutive days. Films that receive their first public exhibition or distribution in any manner other than as a theatrical motion picture release are not eligible for Academy Awards in any category. Official screen credit forms and copies of the main and end title credits must have been submitted to the Academy by December 2, 2002.

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