The Academy altered a few other rules, which will also take effect for the 2008 Oscars. One rule is that for an animated film to be eligible for Best Animated Feature, it has to run at least 70 minutes, must be at least 75% completely animated, a significant amount of characters must be animated and those characters and all other animated sequences must be created using frame-by-frame techniques. For this change, I'm not sure what film the Academy is responding to specifically, but the report claims the rule is being more defined because we're in an age of changing technology. The third rule amended is for the Best Art Direction category. Before, only one production designer and only one set director was named, though in rare cases two set directors could be named (as in this year's nomination for The Good Shepherd). Now the rule is that either two production designers or two set directors -- but not both -- can be nominated (if two of one, only one of the other, whichever the mix).
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