Academy Updates Oscar Campaign Regulations

The board of governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has updated regulations for how companies and individuals may market movies and achievements eligible for the 87th Academy Awards to Academy members. The most significant changes affect the music category.

Last year, songwriter and Academy governor Bruce Broughton’s Oscar nomination for “Alone Yet Not Alone” was disqualified after it was revealed that he had appealed directly to members to listen to his song during the nominating process.

According to the new rules, “Music branch members may not contact other music branch members to promote the nomination of their own song in any way, including via mail, email, telephone or social media. Additionally, music branch members may not attend any special live performances of eligible songs unless attached to a screening.”

The 87th Oscars will be held on Feb. 22, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood.