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Hollywood stars face pre-Oscars party ban

Hollywood stars could be banned from socialising before the Oscars under a crackdown on events aimed at wooing voters before the Academy Awards ceremony.

The move is designed to prevent big studios spending millions of dollars on receptions where the Oscar voters are wined and dined.

Last winter's awards were marred by excessive campaigning and the Academy wants to stop films with large budgets gaining an unfair advantage through parties and DVD launches.

Ric Robertson, the Academy's chief operating officer, said: “To an extent, the public dialogue about the Oscars is who threw a good party or ran a successful campaign versus the quality of the work — that's off-point for us.

“We want people to be talking about the work.”

Under the new rules, Academy members are banned from attending parties organised by film companies after the nominations are announced on January 24.

Voters may still go to screenings attended by actors as long as no drinks or canapés are served after the question and answer session.

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