Oscars: 305 Feature Films Competing for the Gold

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This year's field is down from last year, when 323 movies were in contention.

With voting for the 88th Academy Awards set to begin Dec. 30, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have announced Monday that 305 features have qualified this year for Oscar consideration. That number is down from the 323 films that qualified in 2014, but still above the 289 features that were entered in 2013.

To be eligible for consideration for the 88th Oscars, feature films must open in a commercial motion picture theater in Los Angeles County by midnight, Dec. 31, and begin a minimum run of seven consecutive days.

Under Academy rules, a feature-length motion picture 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.

Feature films that receive their first public exhibition or distribution in any manner other than as a theatrical motion picture release are not eligible for Academy Awards in any category — although films that bow day-and-date in theaters and on streaming services are eligible.

A complete list of the films that have been submitted this year can be found here

Nominations will be announced live on Jan. 14 at 5:30 a.m. PT at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

The Oscars will be held on Feb. 28 at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC, with Chris Rock as host.

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