Friday, September 27, 2013

Award Changes

Alterations to the Motion Picture Academy's award process appear to be happening.

AMPAS has quietly adopted a new system to expand the number of Animated Feature nominations voters and allow screeners

The Oscars’ Best Animated Feature category seems likely to have a full slate of five nominees for the third year in a row – and this time, those nominations should be in the hands of far more voters than in years past.

In a significant change to the way nominations have been made in the category, voters on the nominating committee will now be able to view the eligible films on screeners, rather than having to attend special screenings at the Academy.

The change could significantly expand the number of members who vote on nominations. ...

Under new rules, the committee will be expanded beyond the usual 100, and members will be allowed to vote if they view the films on screeners rather than attending the special Sunday-night screenings in Beverly Hills, which will still take place. In addition, their votes will count if they see 66 percent of the entries, not 80 percent. ...

For now, the biggest contenders appear to be “Frozen,” “The Croods,” “Monsters University” and “Despicable Me” among the bigger titles. GKIDS’ “Ernest & Celestine” has picked up raves from overseas, while a real question mark surrounds “The Wind Rises.” ...

The number of animated features getting released has expanded steadily over the last few years. The challenge is to get more of those features more widely seen.

Anything that gets more animated features in front of bigger audiences is a definite good. And this alteration to older procedures seems to do that.


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