The Oscar nominations are still a month away, but one thing is certain. One of the nearly three hundred films the Academy has said are eligible will win Best Picture.

This year, 289 features are eligible for Oscar including, not surprisingly, a host of NYFF51 titles 12 Years A Slave, All Is Lost, Inside Llewyn Davis, Blue Is the Warmest Color, Gloria, Captain Phillips, Her as well as films that are set for release before New Years Eve including The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, August: Osage County and more. For the full list of eligible films, visit their website.

To be eligible for 86th Academy Awards consideration, feature films must open in a commercial motion picture theater in Los Angeles County by midnight, December 31, and begin a minimum run of seven consecutive days.

Academy rules stipulate that a feature-length motion picture must have a running time of more than 40 minutes and must have been exhibited theatrically on 35mm or 70mm film, or in a qualifying digital format. 

Feature films that receive their first public exhibition or distribution in any manner other than as a theatrical motion picture release are not eligible for Academy Awards in any category.
In related news, the Academy unveiled 75 songs that are eligible in the Original Songs category for the 86th Oscars. Titles from the list include “Stay Alive” from The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, “My Lord Sunshine (Sunrise)” from 12 Years A Slave and “Amen” from All Is Lost  (full list here). 

The 86th Academy Awards® nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 16, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater. 

The 2013 Academy Awards will be presented on Oscar Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center, and televised live on the ABC Television Network.