Academy Award Nominees Announced

Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Kodak Theatre, Hollywood

HOLLYWOOD, California — Following the example set by the Golden Globes, Martin Scorsese's The Aviator leads the nominees going into Sunday's 77th Academy Awards ceremony. The biopic depicting the life of aviation pioneer Howard Hughes, with nominations in 11 categories. Tied behind, nominated in seven categories, are Marc Forster's Finding Neverland and Million Dollar Baby.

Notably missing from the Best Picture category are two of last year's most controversial films "The Passion of the Christ" and "Fahrenheit 9/11", voters instead opting with biopic Ray and Golden Globes Best Comedy winner Sideways.

Competing for best actor are Jamie Foxx, Clint Eastwood, Leonardo DiCaprio and Hotel Rwanda's Don Cheadle.Wednesday, January 26, 2005

HOLLYWOOD, California —Academy Award®-winning actor Tim Robbins has been tapped to present at the 77th Academy Awards®, telecast producer Gil Cates announced today.

Robbins received his first acting Oscar last year at the 76th Academy Awards, for his supporting role in Mystic River. In 1995, he received a nomination for directing Dead Man Walking. Robbins is currently filming War of the Worlds and will be seen next in The Secret Life of Words.

Meanwhile, Documentary category rules for the 78th Annual Academy Awards® have been changed by the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to exempt documentaries "with a true theatrical rollout" from the rules' television blackout provision.

The change will apply to documentaries released during the 2005 Academy Awards year.

Documentary branch executive committee chair Freida Lee Mock said the theatrical exhibition requirements of the rules for the documentary awards were instituted in 2003 at the branch's request to encourage commercial theatrical runs for documentary films.

"Our new rules had a positive impact," Mock said. "Since 2003 there have been a growing number of documentary theatrical releases, and that growth exploded this summer."

But some of the films bumped up against the television blackout provisions of the rule and were thereby prevented from having a television exhibition until a nine-month time period had expired.

The Academy isn't trying to prevent television exhibition for documentaries that have had a successful theatrical run, Mock said, "but we want documentaries to be able to exploit their theatrical release as fully as possible, so we've modified the rules to exempt those documentaries from the blackout provisions." Even for documentaries with more modest theatrical runs, the 2005 rules reduce the blackout window to six months.

To qualify for exemption a film must have had a minimum of 25 commercial exhibitions for paid admission in motion picture theaters in 15 states, each exhibition to be at least two consecutive days. (Exhibitions held at festivals, benefits, special events and the like do not qualify under this provision.)

The 2005 rules also contain a provision requiring that short documentaries "must be contractually available for theatrical release for six months after receiving a nomination" unless they have met the test for the new blackout exemption.