The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has approved rules for the 87th Academy Awards. The full list of changes is below.
Most notably, the Academy is clearly dealing with the transition to digital this year, as it gives digital designers eligibility in the production designer category--long overdue--and asks for online data submissions.
It's continuing to tweak the documentary rules, as branch voters now must screen hundreds of films. Thus the Academy tightened up the theatrical release standards--a film must have four showings a day during its week run in NY or LA to be eligible.