Nearly 300 Films Qualify For Oscars

Two hundred eighty-nine feature films are qualified for the 2013 Academy Awards, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) announced.

That’s an increase from last year, in which 282 films were eligible for the Best Picture award.

Oscar awards frontrunner

oscarTo qualify, feature films must open in a commercial motion picture theater in Los Angeles County by Dec. 31, and start a minimum run of seven consecutive days.

Under the rules, a feature-length film must have a running time of more than 40 minutes.

“12 Years a Slave,” “American Hustle,” and “Gravity” are among the top movies tipped to be shortlisted for the top award.

Outstanding achievements

The 86th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on January 2014, while the awards for outstanding film achievements will be presented on March 2014.

AMPAS published the complete list of films on its website, which includes other likely award nominees Captain Philips, Nebraska, and Philomena.

It also announced the 75 songs nominated for the original song category.