5:26pm PT by Sofia M. Fernandez
265 Films Eligible for Best Picture Oscar
Two hundred sixty-five feature films are eligible to be nominated as best picture for the 84th annual Academy Awards.
To qualify, films must have a running time of at least 40 minutes, been exhibited theatrically on accepted digital or 35mm or 70mm film formats, and open in a commercial theater in Los Angeles County by midnight, Dec. 31 for a minimum seven-day engagement.
Best picture nominees will be announced Jan. 24, 2012, with the Oscar ceremony taking place Feb. 26.
Billy Crystal will host the ceremony. Brian Grazer and Don Mischer are telecast producers.