'Locker' quartet, 'Blind' trio ruled nominees

In an unusual move, the Academy has deemed four producers of “The Hurt Locker” to be nominees, while a trio of “The Blind Side” producers will be official contenders.

For “The Hurt Locker,” it’s Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal, Nicolas Chartier and Greg Shapiro. For “The Blind Side,” it’s Gil Netter, Andrew A. Kosove and Broderick Johnson. When nominations were announced Tuesday, both films had “credits to be determined.”

According to Rule 17 of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, nominees must have a “producer” or “produced by” credit to be eligible. In addition, the nominees “will be those three or fewer producers who have performed the major portion of the producing functions. … The committee has the right, in what it determines to be a rare and extraordinary circumstance, to name any additional qualified producer as a nominee.”

Org’s producers branch executive committee makes the final determination. The committee ruled that all the “Locker” producers “had fully functioned as genuine producers of the film,” so it exercised the “extraordinary circumstances” provision of the rules.

Oscar ballots will be mailed Feb. 10 and are due back March 2.

Academy Awards will be presented March 7 at the Kodak Theater and televised live by ABC, in a ceremony produced by Bill Mechanic and Adam Shankman.

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