Los Angeles, CA: Satellite Nominations in the Motion Picture categories will be pared down from 22 to 19 classifications; the change reflects the merger of Drama and Comedy under a general Best Picture heading.
The categories eliminated include “Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical,” “Actor in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical,” and “Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical.”
“Best Actor” and “Best Actress” categories will no longer specify genre, but reflect a broad spectrum of performances with up to 10 Nominees. Supporting actor categories already reflect this guideline, but may also include up to 10 Nominees.
“When UP IN THE AIR came out listed as a comedy by some critics and a drama by others, it became clear to us that we needed a new system,” said Mirjana Van Blaricom, President.
“Expanding to 10 Nominees in Best Picture and most other film-related award categories is a realistic way to handle the volume of projects released nowadays.”
“Motion Picture, Foreign Language Film” will also be renamed as “Motion Picture, Foreign Film” to allow entries from English-speaking countries to be considered as official foreign entrants for consideration.
Additionally, IPA’s new website will debut mid-November. The upgraded site will include easier navigation and faster access to popular features.
A complete archive of past shows will be built throughout the year, but the site will be up and running throughout the construction period. The website’s designer is Jon Stout of E A Media.