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D OC donaloc at peterquinn.com
Fri Dec 13 04:05:58 MST 2002

'Bloody Sunday' film banned from Oscars

Award winning drama Bloody Sunday has been banned from competing for the

Academy Award organisers ruled the film is ineligible because it was aired
television before it was released in cinemas.

James Nesbitt starred in the documentary style drama that won critical
for its recreation of the events of January 1972 in Londonderry, when
troops shot dead 13 unarmed civilians.

United States distributors Paramount Pictures had appealed to the Academy's
president, Frank Pierson, for a waiver, insisting that the film was an

But the board denied the request at a meeting on Tuesday night, an Academy

A feature film screened on television within six months of its release is
for an Oscar, under Academy rules.

Bloody Sunday, directed and written by Paul Greengrass, was shown on British
and Irish TV to mark the 30th anniversary of the event.

In its letter, Paramount said it would be "an incredible injustice" for the
film to be barred from the Oscars.

It pointed out that Laurence Olivier was nominated for best actor in 1957
his role in Richard III, which had previously been shown on TV.

Bloody Sunday has already won the world cinema audience award at the
Film Festival in the United States and a Golden Bear in Berlin.

Story filed: 14:58 Thursday 12th December 2002

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