248 Films Eligible for Best Picture Oscar

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences says 248 feature films are eligible for Hollywood’s 2010 Academy Award for Best Picture.

It has nothing to do with a film’s quality. It has everything to do with following certain rules. The feature films must open in a commercial theater in Los Angeles County by midnight, December 31, and begin a minimum run of seven consecutive days. They have to be more than 40 minutes long and be on a certain film or digital format.

Movies that get their first public showing or distribution other than as a theatrical motion picture release are not eligible for Academy Awards in any category.

The 83rd Academy Awards nominations are to be announced live Jan. 25 in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Los Angeles.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2010 are to be presented Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center.

The 2009 Oscar for Best Picture went to the war movie “The Hurt Locker.”

 (Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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