Academy changes a rule

Los Angeles Times - - CALENDAR - — Re­becca Kee­gan

The Academy of Mo­tion Pic­ture Arts and Sciences will fol­low the Pro­duc­ers Guild of Amer­ica’s lead in de­ter­min­ing who is el­i­gi­ble for a best pic­ture Os­car, the academy an­nounced Wed­nes­day.

Mem­bers of the academy board of gover­nors voted on the rule change at their meet­ing Tues­day night.

The is­sue of which pro­duc­ers on a film are el­i­gi­ble to re­ceive the best pic­ture Os­car is fre­quently a con­tentious one. Last year, key fig­ures in the mak­ing of best pic­ture nom­i­nee “Boy­hood,” IFC Films Pres­i­dent Jonathan Sehring and Ci­netic Media’s John Sloss, were omit­ted from the academy’s list of three pro­duc­ers, as well as the PGA’s list.

The word­ing of the academy’s rule change in­di­cates that in such fu­ture sit­u­a­tions, pro­duc­ers will have to ap­peal the PGA’s de­ci­sion if they wish to be con­sid­ered by the academy.

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