Academy changes a rule
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.