Oscars: 347 Feature Films to Compete for Academy Awards

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That number is up slightly from the 341 films that qualified last year.

Three hundred forty-seven feature films are eligible to compete for the best picture Oscar and other trophies at the 2018 Academy Awards, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Tuesday.

That number includes everything from big studio movies to smaller indie features and documentaries, many of which played only brief theatrical runs since under Academy rules, a feature-length motion picture qualifies if it has a running time of more than 40 minutes, is exhibited theatrically on 35mm or 70mm film or in a qualifying digital format and opens in a commercial motion picture theater in Los Angeles County by Dec. 31 and completes a minimum run of seven consecutive days.  

While the number of qualifying films increased slightly this year, overall the figures have been relatively stable in recent years. This year’s 347 features compares to 341 films last year, 336 in 2016, 305 in 2015 and 323 in 2014. 

Academy members will receive a “Reminder List of Productions Eligible for the 91st Academy Awards,” which is available here.

Nominations for the 91st Academy Awards will be announced Jan. 22, and the awards themselves will be held Feb. 24 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood and televised live on ABC.