Acad deadline looms for four categories

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HOLLYWOOD — Nov. 1 is the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences’ final deadline for entry forms, in four categories, for consideration for the 74th annual Academy Awards.

The looming date is for hopefuls in the animated features, live-action and animated shorts, and foreign-lingo categories.

“This is the first year for the animated feature category and we’re anxious about assembling a quorum,” said Acad exec director Bruce Davis. “It’s particularly important that entry forms be submitted on time in this category because eight eligible films are required to trigger a best animated feature film award.

“There were easily enough qualifiers released this year, but with just a week to go we still don’t have any entries. On the other hand, entries for all the special categories are like college term papers — they tend to arrive on the last possible day.”

In the animated feature category, an entry form naming the intended award recipient and including the signatures of all credited producers and directors is required. Supporting documentation also must include a synopsis, cast and credits list, filmographies and stills. The deadline for submitting film prints is Dec. 19.

The same documentation is required in the shorts categories. The deadline for submitting film prints and proof of qualifying exhibition is Nov. 30.

In the foreign-language category, additional required documentation includes a cast and credits list, a synopsis in English and other fact sheets. Film prints must be received at the Academy by Nov. 15.

Screenings of the submitted films will begin in December. Academy Award nominations will be announced Feb. 12. The Oscars will be presented March 24 at L.A.’s Kodak Theater.

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