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Oscars put new limits on pre-award campaigning
Film academy issues new rules limiting star-powered pre-Oscar parties and panel discussions
By The Associated Press

BEVERLY HILLS, California (AP) ' Oscar is clamping down on awards campaigning.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced new regulations Tuesday to curtail campaigning for the 84th annual Academy Awards. The new rules eliminate star-studded receptions for films and individual nominees after the Oscar nominations have been announced on Jan. 24, 2012.

There are no restrictions on screenings, receptions or filmmaker panel discussions prior to the nominations announcement, but once the nominees are known, receptions will not be allowed and no individual from any film can participate in more than two panel discussions.

Academy members and Oscar nominees are also prohibited from attending any non-screening events that promote or honor a nominated film or individual after the nominations announcement.

The new rules also carry new penalties for negative campaigning through social media.

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