Magazine article Variety

Academy Changes Rules on Foreign Films

Magazine article Variety

Academy Changes Rules on Foreign Films

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GOOD NEWS for subtitles lovers: The Academy is radically expanding how nominees are chosen in the new international feature film race.

In the past, nominees were chosen in two phases, with the bulk of the work done by Academy members who volunteered to watch dozens of foreign-language movies at Los Angeles-based screenings. That's where the category got a bad rap, since the task skewed heavily to older and retired members who had the time to put in the effort.

Now, according to a letter sent last week by the category's executive committee, all Academy members - from Peoria in Illinois to Paris in France - can participate in Phase One, so long as they can attest to having seen at least 15 of the eligible submissions on the big screen can opt to vote. That should be especially helpful for those who live in cosmopolitan cities or else travel the festival circuit, where many of these films unspool.

A separate rule change to Phase Two significantly broadens the number of people who pick the final five nominees. …

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