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Oscar shuts out stunts

Los Angeles, June 23 (Reuters): The group that awards Hollywood’s Oscars yesterday tightened its rules on the number of film honours that can be given to producers and song writers, and it denied a new category to movie stuntmen.

To avoid diluting their value, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for years has limited Oscars to directors, actors, actresses and others who win them. The policy has become more difficult to enforce in recent years when often five or more producers are credited on a film.

The new rules call for an Academy committee to decide if producers who are submitted for award consideration performed substantial work on the film. If not, the committee will disallow their names from consideration.

“What we’re doing is further reducing the possibility of someone receiving one of our highest awards without really having done the job of a producer,” Academy president Frank Pierson said in a statement.

In the past, it limited the number of producers who can be considered for an Oscar to three, but it allowed the film’s makers to determine the three qualifying producers.

It also limited the number of nominees in the original song category to three.

Separately, the Academy denied a petition by stuntmen to establish a new category for men and women responsible for fights, car crashes and other dangerous work in films.

“For the life of me, I cannot figure out why they want to exclude us, I’m baffled,” said Jack Gill, a member of Stunts Unlimited, which organised the petition.

Conrad Palmisano of the Stuntmen’s Association said he believed the decision was part of an effort to keep the length of the Oscar telecast down.

An Academy spokesperson said the board was sticking to its policy of not wanting to diminish the value of one award by creating more categories.

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