Limited to: feature films that have played in at least one
theater in Los Angeles and New York during the previous year. (Rules are different
for shorts and documentaries.) In the best foreign-language film category, one film
is submitted per country. Five nominees are selected in each category.
Type of honor: gold-plated statuette, presented annually in March.
Selected by: Approximately 5,000 voting members of the Academy of Motion
Picture Arts and Sciences, all of whom are past or current professionals in the Hollywood
film industry. Nominations are made by individual branches (actors nominate actors,
editors nominate editors, etc.) or by special committees, but the winners are chosen by
the full membership, with certain exceptions or restrictions (documentaries, foreign
language films, etc.).
Sponsored by: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences
Announced: Third week of March (in 1999, will from the traditional Monday evening
to Sunday evening). Ceremonies traditionally begin at 6 p.m., P.S.T., and in recent years
have been held at either the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion or the Shrine Auditorium in Los
Angeles. Nominees are announced at 5 a.m., P.S.T., on the second Tuesday in February, at
the Academy's main facilities in Beverly Hills.
Web sites: Official
Academy Awards/Oscar Site, Academy of
Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS)
(same site at www.oscars.org
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