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New Rule For The Oscars: Documentaries Must Be Reviewed By The LA Times Or NY Times To Qualify

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Acadamy documentary rules change


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences just seems to be making up rules left and right for the annual Academy Awards.

In the past they changed the rules so that MORE movies could be nominated in the Best Picture category, but now they're changing the rules so LESS documentaries can even be considered in the nomination process.

Starting next year, documentaries seeking the ultimate honor in film will have be reviewed by either the Los Angeles Times or New York Times.

Why the change? Academy COO Ric Robertson says there are just too many unworthy documentaries seeking a nomination, saying:

“There were over 100 entries in the category this year and it is just too much, it’s getting out of hand."

We think every doc should get a chance, regardless of whether or not a critic from only TWO newspapers reviewed it. This will only add more politics to the Oscar race and increase the burden on the critics at both papers to watch and review as many documentaries as they can.

Essentially, these critics are now the gatekeepers for the Oscar's Best Documentary category.

What do U think about the Academy's new rule? Will it keep the spotlight on the best or destroy the chances for the rest?

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5 comments to “New Rule For The Oscars: Documentaries Must Be Reviewed By The LA Times Or NY Times To Qualify”

  1. 1

    Sounds like bullshit to me.

    So does every movie that's nominated for an Oscar need to be officially rated by these newspapers as well?

  2. Jaded says – reply to this


    Does that mean reviewers from other papers in the country aren't qualified to give their opinions? I swear the Oscars are the most elitest awards ever. Only docs that have huge budgets are going to qualify because they are the ones that can afford to pitch their products to the papers.
    This is lame. Boo Oscars.

  3. 3

    As if the LA Times or the NY TImes are still relevant! Come on. They only promote what they want to promote and what totes their party line.

  4. 4

    That is lame. So doc producers are going to have to bribe the times reviewers to see their movies.

  5. 5

    A few more people to you suck up!