Nearly 300 Films Eligible for Oscar Nomination

News   Nearly 300 Films Eligible for Oscar Nomination
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that 281 feature films are eligible for nomination in the Best Picture category.
Hugh Jackman
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Nominations will be announced Jan. 22, 2009, at 5:30 AM PT in the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater. To be eligible for consideration, feature films, according to the Academy, must "open in a commercial motion picture theatre in Los Angeles County by midnight, Dec. 31, and begin a minimum run of seven consecutive days. . . . A feature-length motion picture must have a running time of more than 40 minutes and must have been exhibited theatrically on 35mm or 70mm film, or in a qualifying digital format."

As previously announced, Hugh Jackman, who won a Tony Award for his performance in The Boy From Oz, will host the 81st Annual Academy Awards.

The Feb. 22, 2009, awards ceremony — which will be produced by Laurence Mark and executive produced by Bill Condon — will feature set designs by David Rockwell. ABC will broadcast the ceremony live from the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center.

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