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289 Feature Films Eligible for Best Picture Oscar

Photo of Ryan Lattanzio By Ryan Lattanzio | TOH! December 16, 2013 at 8:19PM

The Academy has tallied 289 feature films eligible for the 2014 best picture Oscar. To be in contention, feature films must open in a commercial motion picture theater in LA County by midnight, December 31, and begin a minimum run of seven consecutive days.
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The Academy has tallied 289 feature films eligible for the 2014 best picture Oscar. To be in contention, feature films must open in a commercial motion picture theater in LA County by midnight, December 31, and begin a minimum run of seven consecutive days. The full list of contenders is after the jump.

Under Academy rules, 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.

Last year, 282 films were eligible for the best picture Oscar. A maximum of ten films can be nominated for best picture. Per Academy rules instated in 2011, the total number of best picture nominees can be anywhere between five and ten. Nine films were nominated for best picture in the 85th Academy Awards.

The 86th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 16, 2014, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater. The Oscar show will air live on Sunday, March 2, 2014 on ABC and in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

Here are the eligible films for the original song category, announced today. Click through for the full list of all 289 films eligible for best picture.

This article is related to: Awards, Academy Awards, Awards Season Roundup


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.