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Hairdressers rejoice! You are now in the Oscars makeup category

June 28, 2012|By Nicole Sperling
  • Oscar statues through the years.
Oscar statues through the years. (Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles…)

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has approved new rules for the 85th Academy Awards. The biggest change to the annual kudofest is that the makeup category will now be called "the makeup and hairstyling award," allowing those behind the best quaffs on the big screen to be given their time in the sun. (The branch is already called Makeup Artists & Hairstylists Branch.)

Other rules affect the music, foreign-language film and visual effects categories.

In the original song category, the music branch's executive committee may recommend a fourth songwriter for an individual song in extraordinary circumstances. (Previously, the limit was three.)

Films submitted in the foreign-language category must be sent to the academy in 35mm or DCP, but are no longer required to have been exhibited in those formats in their countries of origin.

In the visual effects category, nominees will be selected from a pool of 10 films chosen by the branch executive committee by secret ballot. Previously, the committee could put forward as many as 10 or as few as seven.

The changes were adopted at Tuesday's board of governors meeting. The 85th Academy Awards will be held on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

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