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Tuesday, 26 June, 2001, 14:41 GMT 15:41 UK
Academy restricts Oscar winners
Shakespeare in Love
Shakespeare in Love prompted a first set of restrictions
Hollywood's Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has said it is to introduce new measures to limit the number of producers who can receive an Oscar for best picture.

The new rule states that unless they worked as producers, then studio managers and executives will be ineligible for best picture nominations and awards.

The Academy Awards
Next year's Oscar ceremony will be the 74th

The Academy also said that it will continue with its current rule that to be a winner, a producer cannot have been aided by executive producers or associate producers.

The new regulation is an extension of the "three producer limit" imposed on best picture nominees and winners in 1999.

The limit was enforced after Shakespeare in Love claimed five producers.

Cartoons

Also introduced ahead of next year's 74th Oscar ceremony in March are rules for the Academy's new animated feature film Oscar.

Shrek
Shrek is one of 2001's batch of feature length animations

These state that a statuette will only be awarded in this category as long as eight cartoon releases are found eligible by the end of the year.

But again here, the Academy is promising to limit the number of people who can receive a trophy to two.

Officially, the award will go to the "key creative talent most clearly responsible for the overall achievement".

This year's bumper run of full-length animations - including Shrek, Atlantis: the Lost Empire and Recess: School's Out - seem to make it likely that the new Oscar will be awarded in 2002.

The Academy previously only awarded a separate animation Oscar for short films.

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