The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that, for the first time, the entire voting membership will automatically be eligible to vote in all 24 Oscar categories.
The Board of Governors approved a plan allowing members to see the nominated documentary shorts and foreign language films either at a theatrical screening or on DVD.
Before the final round of voting, the Academy will provide members with DVDs of the nominated films in five categories: foreign language film, documentary feature, documentary short subject, animated short film and live-action short. In previous years, members had to see the nominated films in a theater to vote.
Academy President Hawk Koch made the announcement today and said in a press release, “Building on this past season’s 90 percent record voter turnout, we want to give our members as many opportunities as possible to see these great films and vote in these categories next year.” The nomination process is unchanged.
The next Oscars will be March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.