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Producer rules relaxed for Reader

Sydney Pollack and Anthony Minghella
Sydney Pollack and Anthony Minghella have been posthumously credited

Organisers of the Oscars have relaxed rules and allowed four people to be listed as producers of best picture nominee The Reader.

Four producers had been named on a form submitted by the makers of the film - even though Oscar rules allow a maximum of three to be credited.

Organisers have allowed all four to be listed because two - Anthony Minghella and Sydney Pollack - have died.

This represented "a rare and extraordinary circumstance", they said.

Decision delayed

When The Reader was announced by Forest Whitaker as a best film contender at the Oscar nominations ceremony last week , the actor said the producers of the film were "to be announced".

Kate Winslet and David Kross in The Reader
The Reader has five Oscar nods including Kate Winslet for best actress

The decision was delayed until a meeting of the executive committee of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts could be held.

Anthony Minghella and Sydney Pollack were the original producers of the project and had been involved for a number of years.

Minghella died in March 2008, while The Reader was still being filmed, and Pollack passed away two months later.

There have been only four previous posthumous listings of producers for best film.

Donna Gigliotti and Redmond Morris are also credited as producers of The Reader, which is in the running for four other Oscars on 22 February.

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