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Academy declares 248 films eligible for best picture Oscar

Two hundred and forty-eight feature films have been deemed eligible for the 2010 Academy Award best picture category.

To be eligible for 83rd Academy Awards consideration, feature films must open in a commercial motion picture theatre in Los Angeles County by midnight on December 31, and begin a minimum run of seven consecutive days.

Under Academy rules, a feature-length motion picture must have a running time of more than 40 minutes and must have been exhibited theatrically on 35mm or 70mm film or in a qualifying digital format.

Feature films that receive their first public exhibition or distribution in any manner other than as a theatrical motion picture release are not eligible for Academy Awards in any category.

The 83rd Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on January 25, 2011.

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