OFCS Awards Rules

2014 OFCS Awards Rules (updated Aug. 31, 2014)

Rule One: Awards Definitions

  1. The Online Film Critics Society’s annual awards are given honoring outstanding achievements in theatrically released feature-length motion pictures and to honor other achievements as provided for in these rules.
  2. Nominations and awards will be conferred in each of the following categories:
    • Best Picture
    • Best Animated Feature
    • Best Director
    • Best Lead Actor
    • Best Lead Actress
    • Best Supporting Actor
    • Best Supporting Actress
    • Best Original Screenplay
    • Best Adapted Screenplay
    • Best Editing
    • Best Cinematography
    • Best Film Not in the English Language
    • Best Documentary
    • Best Non-U.S. Releases
  3. Special Achievement Awards will be handed out at such times as the membership feels such a reward is deserved.

Rule Two: Eligibility

  1. Feature-length films are defined as being over 40 minutes in length.
  2. Films must be publicly exhibited for a minimum of seven days in a theater within the New York City or Los Angeles areas during the eligibility period.
  3. The required Los Angeles or New York City qualifying run must begin between January 1, 2014, and midnight of December 31, 2014.
  4. Films that are shown first on broadcast or cable television, direct-to-video or over the internet will not be eligible.
  5. Films released inside the United States prior to the Los Angeles or New York qualifying run will be eligible if public exhibition occurs no earlier than January 1, 2013 (previews and festivals excluded).
  6. Each picture may have only one Los Angeles or New York City qualifying run. The earliest theatrical exhibition that meets such definition shall be designated the picture’s qualifying run.
  7. Awards recipients must be those credited onscreen or through special exemption from the Online Film Critics Society. The OFCS reserves the right to select which names will and will not receive nominations and/or awards.
  8. All films, regardless of country of origin, are eligible for awards consideration if they meet all other rules listed in this document.

Rule Three: Voting Timetable

  1. Balloting will follow the prescribed format and timeframe
  2. Phase One: Each member of the OFCS will be permitted to submit up to five titles or individual achievements in each category. A minimum of two mentions during this phase will be required to be listed on the Phase Two ballot.
  3. Phase Two: Each member will rate each title or individual achievement in each category on a scale of 1 to 5 (5 being best, 1 being worst). If the voter has not seen the film, a separate vote option of “Have Not Seen” will be available. Voting in this phase is mandatory.
  4. Phase Three: After nominations have been announced, a list of nominees will be sent to the OFCS membership. Each member will rank the nominees in order of preference assigning the highest number to their top choice and the lowest number to their last choice. Voting in this phase is mandatory.
  5. The balloting timeline for awards honoring the best film achievements of 2013 is as follows.
    • Phase One: Monday November 17, 2014 through Friday November 28, 2014
    • Phase Two: Monday December 1, 2014 through Saturday December 6, 2014
    • Nominations Announced: Monday December 8, 2014
    • Phase Three: Monday December 8, 2014 through Saturday December 13, 2014
    • Winners Announced: Monday December 15, 2014

Rule Four: Balloting and Nominations

  1. Voting on all achievements shall be restricted to active OFCS members.
  2. Voting will be conducted via e-mail and other tools necessary to accurately track votes.
  3. If the total number of “Have Not Seen” votes is greater than 80% for any nomination submission, the submission will be ineligible for nomination. Nominees will be determined by the highest average rating of all rated votes. In case of a tie for nomination, the nominee with the highest number of rated votes will be nominated. If there is still a tie, all tied entries will be nominated resulting in not fewer than 4 nominees and not greater than 7 (in categories with 3 nominees, these numbers shall be 2 and 5; in categories of 10 nominees, these numbers shall be 8 and 12).

Rule Five: Rules for Special Awards

  1. A maximum of three Special Awards may be given out each year.
  2. Suggestions for Special Awards will be made during Phase One of balloting.
  3. Special Awards will not be permitted if a category for such an award already exists.
  4. Suggestions for Special Awards will be listed on Phase Two ballots where members will either vote for or against each Special Award nomination.
  5. Only those Special Award nominations that receive a majority of affirmative votes are eligible for a Special Award.
  6. If there are three or fewer Special Award nominees that receive more than 50% of the vote, all Special Award nominees will be honored. If there are more than three, the three highest vote recipients will be awarded Special Awards.
  7. In the case of a tie, all tied Special Award nominees will be placed on the Phase Three ballot and voters will be asked to rank the tied Special Award nominees in order of preference. The Special Award nominees with the highest point totals will fill the remaining three Special Awards slots. If another tie occurs then none of the tied Special Award nominees will be honored.

Rule Six: Individual Category Rules

Best Picture

  • Number of Nominees: 10
  • Eligibility: All features eligible for awards are eligible for this category.

Best Animated Feature

  • Number of Nominees: 5 for 2014 (3 or 5 nominations, negotiated per year)
  • Eligibility: At least 75% of all characters in the film must be animated and animation must figure in to at least 75% of the film’s running time.

Best Director

  • Number of Nominees: 5
  • Eligibility: All features eligible for awards are eligible for this category.

Best Lead Actor

  • Number of Nominees: 5
  • Eligibility: All features eligible for awards are eligible for this category. Whether a performance is lead or supporting is determined by the voting member. Studios, celebrities or publicists may not dictate the placement of an actor in one category or the other.

Best Lead Actress

  • Number of Nominees: 5
  • Eligibility: All features eligible for awards are eligible for this category. Whether a performance is lead or supporting is determined by the voting member. Studios, celebrities or publicists may not dictate the placement of an actor in one category or the other.

Best Supporting Actor

  • Number of Nominees: 5
  • Eligibility: All features eligible for awards are eligible for this category. Whether a performance is lead or supporting is determined by the voting member. Studios, celebrities or publicists may not dictate the placement of an actor in one category or the other.

Best Supporting Actress

  • Number of Nominees: 5
  • Eligibility: All features eligible for awards are eligible for this category. Whether a performance is lead or supporting is determined by the voting member. Studios, celebrities or publicists may not dictate the placement of an actor in one category or the other.

Best Original Screenplay

  • Number of Nominees: 5
  • Eligibility: All features eligible for awards are eligible for this category. Only screenplays written directly for the screen and not based on characters or stories previously produced or published are eligible for this award.

Best Adapted Screenplay

  • Number of Nominees: 5
  • Eligibility: All features eligible for awards are eligible for this category. Only films based on material previously published or produced are eligible for this award. News articles are acceptable if a single article or story does not account for more than 35% of the film’s source material.

Best Editing

  • Number of Nominees: 5
  • Eligibility: All features eligible for awards are eligible for this category.

Best Cinematography

  • Number of Nominees: 5
  • Eligibility: All features eligible for awards are eligible for this category.

Best Film Not in the English Language

  • Number of Nominees: 5
  • Eligibility: 75% of all dialogue in a film must be of a language other than English to qualify for this award.

Best Documentary

  • Number of Nominees: 5
  • Eligibility: Only films which document actual events or situations through use of filmed interviews or archived footage and with limited event reenactments are eligible for this award. Fictionalized or narrative documents are not eligible.

Best Non-U.S. Releases

  • Number of Nominees: 10
  • Eligibility: Only films released theatrically in non-U.S. territories are eligible for this award. Films must have been released within the current eligibility period in the country of origin and may not have been shown commercially in the United States during the same or prior eligibility periods. This category will not be a part of Phase Three as no winners will be selected.

Welcome , today is Wednesday, October 1, 2014