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Academy Rejects Challenge to 'Citizenfour' Oscar Eligibility

By Clip Syndicate
A Kansas City man who filed a civil suit Friday against Edward Snowden, director Laura Poitras and others involved in the making of the documentary Citizenfour has also taken his case to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, arguing that the movie should be disqualified for Oscar consideration. He based his claim on the fact that footage that Poitras shot of Snowden appeared online in 2013, arguing that violates Academy rules that require a film to have a theatrical run before it appears online or on TV. But after reviewing the case, an Academy spokesman told the Hollywood Reporter the Academy has decided that the movie is eligible. Citizenfour is among 15 films that have been shortlisted for the best documentary feature Oscar, and after an Oscar-qualifying theatrical run that began on Oct. 24, it is eligible in other categories as well.

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