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Spoilt for choice: Academy to choose between 323 features

I’ll start off by saying that this post is being written by a man who doesn’t even like the idea of a whole menu of meals to choose from.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that it has a list of 323 eligible feature films for the coming Oscars in 2015. This is apparently an increase of 41 films from last years 282, according to THR.

This is a good demonstration of how the movie industry is by no means scaling back the number of features released in the course of a year, which is good news for anyone whose job depends on the industry. So good for you guys!

This might sound like a ridiculous selection of films to choose from and you could very well be wondering how an Academy panel could possibly sift through such a volume and in all likelihood pick the “best” films. I might agree, but you have to bare in mind that this number isn’t quite as scary as people would like it to sound.

Bear in mind, this is just films that are “eligible” for nomination. In order to be considered eligible, your movie has to  open in a commercial motion picture theatre in Los Angeles County by Dec. 31, 2014.  Your has to have a run of a minimum of seven consecutive days, run for longer than 40 minutes and have been exhibited on 35mm or 70mm film, accounting for qualifying digital format.

This covers pretty much all films. Including The Amazing Spiderman 2.

If you want to have a look at the list of eligible films this year, check out the list on the Academy Website. When you see the list, you’ll realise that most of the films can be put firmly in the “no” pile from the get go. Don’t get me wrong, The Raid 2 is an excellent film, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has some lovely moments. I just don’t know if Michael Bay needs a Best Director Oscar on his mantle. He’s probably got loads of awards anyway, he won’t miss it.

Did I mention The Amazing Spiderman 2 was on the list? Ok, just checking.

So all in all, the list is a doozy, with an extra 80 odd hours of screen time on last year’s list. Good luck Academy, you’ve got some long nights ahead. If you need me to watch a few to share the load just give me a buzz.

The Amazing Spiderman 2.