Hollywood, California – The 86th Oscar Awards for films made in 2013 will not be handed out until March 2nd this year, but already, film submissions for the 2014 documentary short films have flooded the offices of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. Thanks to Facebook.
In celebration of its 10th anniversary, Facebook has started rolling out short documentaries, starring each of its millions of users worldwide. The Academy has ruled that every single one of these Facebook movies is eligible for an Oscar nomination under the documentary shorts category.
While Academy rules require that to be eligible, a film must first be screened in either L.A. or New York, members of the board of governors of the Academy were in agreement that since Facebook has a world-wide reach — including L.A. and New York, the Facebook movies are indeed eligible for nomination.
With millions of submissions expected through the 2014 season, the Academy’s big challenge is narrowing the field to 5 nominees. Compare that to only 40 documentary short submissions in 2013.There sure will be a lot of campaigning between now and the 87th Oscars. If you have submitted your Facebook movie for a possible documentary short nomination, you might want to see the list of Academy voters who will be deciding your fate. The list is available on the website of NeverTooEarlyMoviePredictions.
Michael Moore, one of the Academy governors and outspoken liberal documentary filmmaker who won an Oscar for “Bowling For Columbine” says he is very excited about the prospect of this unprecedented number of documentary film submissions this year. “This will certainly be the banner year for film documentaries,” he added.