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Source:  Los Angeles Times

On Tuesday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced a series of new rules for next year’s Oscars  — most notably, a new regulation that could potentially expand the number of documentary features eligible for awards consideration going forward.

Under the new rules, which were approved by the group’s 54-member board of governors at its most recent meeting, documentaries that have won a qualifying award at a competitive film festival will now be eligible for consideration “regardless of any prior exhibition or distribution by nontheatrical means.”

The academy will release its list of qualifying festivals later this spring.

Previously, all documentary features needed to complete a seven-day run in at least one theater in both New York and Los Angeles to be eligible for Oscar consideration — a requirement that will still hold for documentaries that don’t win any qualifying awards.

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