248 PIX OK’D FOR OSCAR

A total of 248 feature-length films are eligible for 1996 Oscar consideration, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences announced Tuesday. The number is down slightly from last year’s crop of 255; the total in 1994 was also 248.

The films are listed in the Academy’s “Reminder of Eligible Releases,” which will be mailed to AMPAS members with their nomination ballots. Noms will be announced Feb. 11.

Feature-length motion pictures, regardless of country of origin, may be eligible if they were first publicly exhibited last year in 35mm or 70mm in a theater in Los Angeles County; their commercial run must have opened before Dec. 31, 1996, and lasted at least seven consecutive days. Special consideration is given to films submitted to the foreign-language, documentary and short film awards categories.

The 69th Academy Awards presentation will be held March 24 at L.A.’s Shrine Auditorium.

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