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Oscars: Entry Deadlines Approach Including New Best Picture Eligibility Requirements Forms


The Academy is getting serious about its new eligibility requirements for Best Picture consideration. You have until Wednesday November 15 to comply.

That date is the deadline to submit Oscars® Submission Forms (OSF) in the general entry categories and Representation and Inclusion Standards Entry (RAISE) forms for Best Picture consideration to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for 96th Academy Awards® consideration.  AMPAS will not accept the necessary forms after the deadline.

For a feature film to be considered for the 96th Awards, the film’s distributor or producer must upload via AMPAS submission website a scanned, signed copy of the OSF and legal billing (complete on-screen credits).  The deadline for submission is 5 p.m. PT on November 15.

While that date is the deadline for credits submission, feature films have until December 31 to open in a commercial motion picture theater in one of the six qualifying U.S. metro areas: Los Angeles County; City of New York [five boroughs]; the Bay Area [counties of San Francisco, Marin, Alameda, San Mateo and Contra Costa]; Chicago [Cook County, Illinois]; Miami [Miami-Dade County, Florida]; and Atlanta [Fulton County, Georgia] and begin a minimum run of seven consecutive days, during which period screenings must occur at least three times daily, with at least one screening beginning between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. daily, to be eligible for 2023 Awards consideration.

Submitting the required confidential Academy Inclusion Standards form and meeting two of the four standards (which were designed to guarantee some level of diversity in the creation of the films allowed to compete for Best Picture) is required for eligibility in the Best Picture category for the 96th Oscars.  A film’s distributor or producer will have the option to opt out of Best Picture consideration, but still be eligible in other categories where the new rules don’t apply.  The deadline for submission is also 5 p.m. PT on November 15.  The RAISE platform is accessible online at OSFs are accessible online at  For additional information about RAISE and Best Picture eligibility, contact [email protected].

Complete 96th Academy Awards rules can be found at

Additionally the last day to upload a film to the “For Your Consideration” section on the Academy Screening Room member-only streaming site is December 19, 2023.

Entries in the animated feature, documentary feature, international feature and short film categories are subject to special rules and qualifying criteria and those submission deadlines for these specialty categories has already passed.

Nominations for the 96th Academy Awards will be announced on Tuesday, January 23, 2024.

The 96th Oscars will be held on Sunday, March 10, 2024, at the Dolby® Theatre at Ovation Hollywood and will be televised live on ABC and in more than 200 territories worldwide

Joanna Swanson

Joanna Swanson is Europe correspondent at the Thomson Reuters Foundation based in Brussels covering politics, culture, business, climate change, society, economies and inclusive tech. With specific focus in breaking news, she has covered some of the world's most significant stories.