Academy voting members just got more responsibility.
During its May 4 membership meeting, the Academy's president Hawk Koch announced the entire voting membership will automatically be eligible to vote in all 24 categories for the Oscars.
The plan, approved by the Academy's Board of Governors, will allow members to see the nominated documentary shorts and foreign language films — either at a theatrical screening or on DVD.
From the Academy:
Prior to the final round of voting, the Academy will provide members with DVDs of the nominated films in five categories: Foreign Language Film, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject, Animated Short Film, and Live Action Short Film. In previous years, members had been required to see the nominated films in a theater in order to vote.
“This change continues our efforts to expand our members’ participation in all aspects of the Academy’s activities including, of course, voting for the Oscars,” Koch said in a statement. “Building on this past season’s 90% record voter turnout, we want to give our members as many opportunities as possible to see these great films and vote in these categories next year.”
The nomination processes for all categories remain unchanged.
The 86th Academy Awards, for outstanding film achievements of 2013, will be presented on Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center, and will be televised live on ABC and in more than 225 countries worldwide.