Oscars: Academy Determines Producing Credits for '20 Feet From Stardom'
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has determined which producers from 20 Feet From Stardom are eligible to accept the film's best documentary Oscar.
Morgan Neville, the late Gil Friesen and Caitrin Rogers made the cut. Neville directed the film about backup singers in addition to producing the title, which was distributed by Radius-TWC in the U.S.
Friesen, the first employee hired at the legendary A&M Records label by Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss, initiated the project and took the idea to Neville. He died Dec. 13, 2012, just before the film's premiere at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.
Normally the Academy designates two nominees in this category -- the director and one of the producers -- but according to Academy rules, if there's a dispute about which producer gets credit, the documentary branch executive committee decides who should be nominated. In this case, it seems the branch decided to expand the number of eligible nominees for 20 Feet.
Wednesday's announcement comes a day after the Academy determined which producers from The Wolf of Wall Street are eligible for the best picture Oscar.
20 Feet From Stardom won best documentary feature at the Critics' Choice Awards. Mick Jagger, on the cover of The Hollywood Reporter's annual music issue this week, is in talks to turn the documentary into a one-hour TV series and Broadway musical, THR exclusively reported Wednesday.
Other best documentary feature nominees include The Act of Killing, Cutie and the Boxer, Dirty Wars and The Square.
The Oscars will be handed out Sunday, March 2, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center. The ceremony, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, will air live on ABC.