- 16 January 2021
- by Anne Thompson
Like many other organizations, the Academy is using the pandemic as an excuse to make changes long overdue. The Best International Feature shortlist — which will be announced February 9, along with eight other category shortlists — is expanding from 10 to 15, which means more films than ever will be viewable for final-nominations voting. In the first phase, each participating voter in the general committee, which is drawn from a swath of Academy branches, has a list of a dozen movies they must see in order to vote by secret ballot (and give more obscure features a fighting chance).
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The Academy also is abandoning, for now, the controversial addition of three handpicked titles (often festival and critics’ favorites) by the International Executive Committee to the larger general committee’s original tallies. This will make many people happy. This year, with online voting opportunities extended to the global Academy, votes are no longer limited to
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