Every year, Disney, Pixar, Dreamworks, and all the like battle it out at the Oscars for the much coveted award of “Best Animated Feature”. But, for the upcoming 2014 Oscar run, the rules have been changed regarding the screening processes and volunteers for watching the screenings.
Nominees being played at screenings will not just be judged by Los Angeles based volunteers, but also a much larger group of people from other areas. The number could go up to as high as 6,000 viewers from the greater California area to judge the nominees on the Academy’s standards.
From the source article:
In the past, the Animated Feature Film Award Screening Committee determined the nominees: Half were been chosen members of the Short Films and Animated Feature branch and half were members of one the Academy’s other branches. All had be unaffiliated with any of the movies in contention, but also available to attend L.A. screenings of the eligible films over several Sundays starting in November.
The new rule change will enable Academy members who are based outside of the L.A. area to serve on the Screening Committee, and allowing them to weigh the eligible films by watching them on DVD or Blu-ray screeners, as opposed to having to attend the official screenings.
Including more people in the voting process means the animated films will have a lot more eyes to impress. I think this is a great idea because it can get people who don’t really work in Hollywood themselves to judge the films. A greater variety of opinions will be presented which will all go into picking the nominee for Best Animated Feature. I’m a bit excited to see what this will have in store for this years Oscars!