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Oscars expand doc short shortlist

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has approved a set of proposed changes to the Best Documentary Short Subject category, expanding the number of shortlisted films to 10 and setting a nominee limit of five.
June 24, 2015

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) has approved a set of proposed changes to the Best Documentary Short Subject category for the forthcoming Academy Awards.

The modifications, approved at a June 23 board of governors meeting, will see an expansion in the number of films shortlisted for nominations voting from eight to 10 titles. Selected films will then contend for five fixed nominee slots rather than the previously fluctuating number of spots between three and five nominees.

Improved campaign regulations have also been submitted to the board for approval. Those regulations detail the ways in which “companies and individuals may market to Academy members any movies and achievements eligible for the 88th Academy Awards,” according to a release issued by the Academy.

The Oscar rules are revisited and reviewed annually by the committees within each individual Academy branch. The recommendations are then reviewed by an Awards Rules Committee before presenting the proposed changes to the board of governors for approval.

The 88th installment of the Academy Awards will be held on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. The Oscars will be broadcast across ABC at 7 p.m. EST/PST and will be televised in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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