86th Academy Awards with the most significant change affecting the Animated Feature category.
The rule change for Animated Feature will allow a maximum of two award recipients, one of whom must have a producer credit. "The director and/or key creative individual shall continue to be a recipient, and in the circumstance of a two-person team with shared and equal director credit, a third statuette may be awarded," the new rule states.
In the past, only one person could receive an Oscar statuette for Animate Feature.
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.
Members will now be allowed to see the nominated documentary shorts and foreign language films — either at a theatrical screening or on DVD.
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.
Other adjustments to the rules include standard date and other routine changes.
Each year, individual branch and category committees review current rules and propose changes. Then, Awards Rules Committee evaluates all proposed changes before presenting its recommendations to the Board of Governors for approval.
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.