A suspected pirate version of Michael Moore's film Fahrenheit 9/11 shown in Cuba on Thursday will not make the film ineligible for next year's Oscars.
Moore's film has sparked controversy across the world
The movie's US distributor said the TV broadcast was "not authorised".
Academy Award rules state that documentary films will be disqualified if shown on TV or the internet within nine months of release.
But an unauthorised or pirate display would not make it ineligible, said Academy spokesman John Pavlik.
"If somebody steals your movie and puts it on TV, we're not going to penalise you for it," said Mr Pavlik.
He said the Academy had not investigated the film's prime-time broadcast in Cuba last Thursday.
The film, which alleges that US President George Bush was unprepared for the 11 September attacks, played to packed Cuban cinemas for a week earlier this month.
Producers of Moore's film have until 1 September to submit the movie for the best documentary Oscar category.
The Academy rule regarding internet and TV broadcasts only applies to documentaries. Producers could also decide to enter Fahrenheit 9/11 for best picture, best director or best original screenplay.
Last year's Academy Award for best documentary feature was won by Errol Morris for his film Fog of War, about former US Defence Secretary Robert McNamara.
Moore won it the year before for his film exploring US gun culture, Bowling for Columbine.