Retooled Acad rules give hairstylists shot at Oscar

For the first time in Academy Award history, a motion picture hairdresser could win an Oscar.

The new provision making hairdressers eligible for an Academy Award was one of several changes in the rules covering 1993 motion picture achievements that were distributed Tuesday to the 4,692 voting members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.

The rules are reviewed annually by branch and category committees. The Awards Policy Committee on Rules then reviews all proposed changes before presenting its own recommendations to the Academy’s Board of Governors.

In the Makeup Award category, a provision was added for a hairstylist to share in the award when the hairstyles or hair effects “contribute greatly to the appearance and effect of the characters.”

In the Music Award category, a rule was added excluding scores assembled from the music of more than one composer. Under the new rules, last year’s “The Last of the Mohicans” would not be eligible for an Oscar because its music was written by three composers.

Among the rule changes in the Documentary Award category: Films requiring special technical presentation, such as IMAX, Omnimax and Showscan, will be given consideration; and the directors of documentary films, as well as the producers, may receive an Oscar.

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