Like many movie hounds I both love to watch and love to complain about the annual Oscars. But the rules governing how and why a film qualifies "for your consideration" are still kind of foreign territory to me (ironically, especially when it comes to actual foreign films).
Oscar rules have been shaken up in recent years. For example: Until this morning's announcement, no one was sure how many "best picture" nominees there'd be. Nor, as far as I can tell, does anyone know why the number of films selected should be as big a reveal as which films were selected. (don't get me started on their quality.)