Magazine article American Cinematographer

How the Oscars Are Awarded

Magazine article American Cinematographer

How the Oscars Are Awarded

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More than 3,000 voting members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences - in the United States and abroad - have determined which film achievements would be Oscarhonored during the 47th Annual Oscar Awards program.

Eligible for awards are any films which have been exhibited in 35mm or larger for paid admissions in a commercial motion picture theater in the Los Angeles area (defined as Los Angeles, West Los Angeles, and Beverly Hills) betwen January 1, 1974 and. midnight of December 31, 1974, if the picture played at least seven days starting before midnight of December 31. This year 264 motion pictures were eligible.

Each branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences conducts its own nominating procedures under rules established during the 47year history of the awards program.

In the Art Direction, Costume Design, Cinematography, Film Editing, Music and Sound categories, a preliminary ballot is sent to members of the respective branches, who then select 10 achievements for consideration. After a series of screenings, a nominations ballot listing the 10 achievements is sent to members of the branches, who this time vote for not more than five. The five achievements receiving the most votes then become the official nominations.

The Academy invites every country to submit its best film for consideration for the Foreign Language Film Award (best feature-length motion picture produced by a foreign company with a basically non-English sound track). …

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