The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has changed its rules in the animated feature category to ensure that producers are recognized along with directors.
The rule change, which the academy announced in a press release Monday, designates "a maximum of two award recipients, one of whom must have a producer credit."
It's common for animated films to share two directors -- and the rule change allows for that.
According to the academy press release, "The director and/or key creative individual shall continue to be a recipient, and in the circumstance of a two-person team with shared and equal director credit, a third statuette may be awarded."
Since the animated feature prize was first awarded in 2001, it has gone to directors, which distinguishes it from the Oscar for best picture, which goes to a film's producers.
On this year's animated feature winner, "Brave," for instance, the director changed midstream, from Brenda Chapman to Mark Andrews. Each won an Oscar, but producer Katherine Sarafian, who worked on the film from beginning to end, did not.