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Oscar 2014: 289 movies in the running for Best Picture and in other regular categories (image: Jennifer Lawrence in ‘American Hustle’) The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced earlier today, December 16, 2013, that no less than 289 feature films are in the running for the 2014 Academy Awards. As the Academy’s press release explains, to qualify for the 2014 Academy Awards, "feature films must open in a commercial motion picture theater in Los Angeles County by midnight, December 31, and begin a minimum run of seven consecutive days." According to Academy rules, a feature film "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." There’s more: feature films that were first publicly shown or distributed "in any manner other than as a theatrical motion picture release" cannot be considered for Academy Awards in any category. »

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