The Academy has tinkered around the edges of some of the rules and regulations for next year’s Oscars, without making any major changes.
In the VFX category, where Weta is a regular nominee and sometime winner, the initial shortlist will now extend to up to 20 titles (up from 10). The “real” shortlist (from which the nominees are selected), will remain at 10 titles.
One change affects the Best Picture nominees, a category for which the Academy has struggled to contain the number of nominees per entry. From next year, that problem will be outsourced.
Per the Academy release:
In the Best Picture category, to qualify as a producer nominee for a nominated picture, the producer must have been determined eligible for a Producers Guild of America (PGA) award for the picture, or must have appealed the PGA’s refusal of such eligibility.
Other changes include changes to doc shorts, for which there will now be a guaranteed five nominees, and for animated and live shorts, which can now qualify for consideration via a seven-day theatrical run in Los Angeles county. This presumably means shorts such as James Ford Murphy’s Lava, currently playing with Inside Out, will be guaranteed consideration.
The 2016 Academy Awards will run 29 February (NZ time).