New Academy Award nominee rules: No more trash-talking on Facebook

Oscar statuettes on display at Grand Central Station in New York, February 23, 2011.
Oscar statuettes on display at Grand Central Station in New York, February 23, 2011. Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

The Motion Picture Academy announced restrictions Wednesday on how Oscar-nominated studios, performers and publicists promote their award prospects.

The Academy is trying to curb how and when nominees will be able to talk about their nominations in the weeks before the ceremony.

Restrictions include crackdowns on fancy receptions for movies or individuals in contention after the Academy announces the nominees. The new rules also ban anyone associated with nominated films from appearing on more than two panel discussions about those movies during the run-up to the Academy Awards.

Nominees and voting members of the Academy will not be able to attend events that honor specific films or individuals between the nomination announcement and the Oscars, unless they’re official events like the Academy nominees’ luncheon. They also won't be allowed to trash the competition on Twitter, Facebook or other social media.

These and other rules will apply between the nomination announcement on Jan. 24 of 2012 and the Academy Awards ceremony on Feb. 26 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood.

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