Oscar rule changes: ‘O.J.: Made in America’ won just in time as it would now be ineligible

The eight-hour “O.J.: Made in America” won the Best Documentary Feature Oscar this year. But new rules passed by the academy’s board of governors this week means that fare such as this, which was created as a five-part limited television series for ESPN, is no longer eligible for consideration.

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In other rule changes:

Animated Feature
The entire membership will now be invited to take part in the nomination stage of this race. Attendance at screenings will no longer be required and votes will be now tallied under the preferential system rather than a numerical scoring method. Till now the nominees, which often favored more traditional fare over computer-generated movies, were determined by select members of the Short Films and Feature Animation Branch as well as other branches.

Best Picture
The academy is expanding the potential number of producers that can be nominated for the top prize. Teams of two that have an established producing partnership as determined by the Producers Guild of America will now be considered as a single entity.

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This category will no longer be restricted to a maximum of just two composers per picture. Even that was a high hurdle to overcome for most teams of two and all but impossible for those even larger in size. However, any team that enters as a group will get just one Oscar!

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