248 pix up for Oscar

List to be revealed Tuesday

Two hundred and forty eight pics are in the running to nab Oscar gold in the best picture category, come March 24.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences will reveal the official list of contenders Tuesday.

To be eligible, pics must have a running length of more than 40 minutes and have been displayed on 35mm film, 70 mm film or a qualifying digital format in a commercial theater in Los Angeles between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2001. In addition, the films must have run for at least seven consecutive days.

Nominations will be announced Feb. 12.

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