Oscars: 282 films eligible for Best Picture nominations

By Daniel S Levine,

If you want to catch all the films eligible for a Best Picture nomination, you are going to have a lot of watching to do. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences said today that a total of 282 films will be eligible for being nominated for the top Oscar.

In order for films to be eligible for consideration, they have to be shown at least once at a commercial theater in Los Angeles county by Dec. 31 at midnight. The films also have to be over 40 minutes in length and be shot using 35 mm or 75 mm film or in an accepted digital format.

Among films expected to get a Best Picture nod are Lincoln, Les Miserables, Silver Linings Playbook, Zero Dark Thirty, Life of Pi and Django Unchained. Up to 10 films will earn a nomination.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, this is a significant jump from last year, when 265 films competed. Of those, The Artist wound up winning the top award. In 2010, 248 films were eligible, with The King's Speech winning.

Over the past few weeks, the Academy has begun announcing how many films have made the shortlist for various awards. Just 10 films will compete for nominations for the visual effects Oscars, while 11 animated shorts are up for nominations. The documentary feature race will have 15 titles and a whopping 104 score and 75 songs are up for the original score and song categories.

The Academy will announce the nominations on Jan. 10 at 5:30 PT at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater. The 85th Academy Awards will be held on Feb. 24 and will air live on ABC. Seth MacFarlane is hosting.

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