Academy Bumps Best International Feature Shortlist To 15

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The Oscars ceremony of 2021 is a little over three months right now, but that doesn’t mean we won’t see more epidemic-related changes in this year’s awards season anymore. According to hollywood ReporterThe academy recently decided to change the selection process for its Best International feature shortlist due to “concerns about their ability to protect the safety of the process”, now it has to be done online. They are also expanding the shortlist of ten to 15 films.

In short, the selection process usually forces a volunteer preparatory committee to choose seven films, with the International Film Executive Committee combining three films, or “saves,” typically the films they feel and The prizes are worth a shot. Which films are selected by which committee are never publicly disclosed.

However, according to Three heartedThe academy has decided that “placing the executive committee’s online discussions through Zoom or similar platform will leave them open to leaking or hacking.” Instead of risking exposing its debate, this year’s process will allow the preliminary committee to choose virtually the entire shortlist, which again, will have 15 slots instead of ten.

The Best International Feature Shortlist, and several other Oscar shortlists for this year, will be announced on February 9, with nominees announced on March 15.

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