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OSCARS: 289 films in contention for Best Picture

December 17, 2013
OSCARS: 289 films in contention for Best Picture
BEVERLY HILLS — Close to 300 feature films are currently eligible for the  2013 Academy Awards. To qualify for 86th Academy Awards consideration, feature films must open in a commercial motion picture theater in Los Angeles County by midnight, December 31, and begin a minimum run of seven consecutive days.

Under Academy rules, a feature-length motion picture must have a running time of more than 40 minutes and must have been exhibited theatrically on 35mm or 70mm film, or in a qualifying digital format. The Academy announced that 289 films are currently in contention for the Best Picture Oscar.

Feature films that receive their first public exhibition or distribution in any manner other than as a theatrical motion picture release are not eligible for Academy Awards in any category. 

The 86th Academy Awards nominations will be announced on Thursday, January 16, 2014. Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2013 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre.