Why was Bard Pitt not nominated for the Oscar for Departed (2006)?

Bradley Cooper's name is listed for Best Picture for Oscars because he served as producer for American Sniper: enter image description here Then why was Brad Pitt's name not listed for Departed (2006), even though he also served as producer for the movie?: enter image description here

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    I'm not actually following your line of reasoning. Perhaps it is a misunderstanding of language. Could you please re-write your question so as to be more clear?
    – CGCampbell
    Jan 28, 2015 at 4:04
  • @CGCampbell i edited the question. Jan 28, 2015 at 4:06
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    This is actually a fairly decent question. My guess (and thus not an answer) is that even though Plan B (Pitt's company) bought the rights to Internal Affairs, it turned over the actual production to GK (Graham King's company). While Copper's 22 & Indiana Pictures was intimately involved (with Cooper staring at WB's insistence). 22&I never 'turned over' production to anyone else, they simply shared it.
    – CGCampbell
    Jan 28, 2015 at 4:29
  • @CGCampbell If you were referring to the original movie (not law enforcement) in your comment, then I think the name is Infernal Affairs. Jan 28, 2015 at 7:24
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    Yes, I typed Internal by accident and didn't catch it; I 'm not sure what "point" I'm missing. I had no idea why Pitt did not receive it and was guess (as I said.)
    – CGCampbell
    Jan 28, 2015 at 13:11

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According to Access Hollywood:

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has ruled that only Graham King will get the credit for the crime drama “The Departed,” leaving Brad Pitt and Paramount Pictures studio chief Brad Grey out in the cold.


When a film wins an Oscar, it’s the producer who accepts the golden statuette and gives the acceptance speech. Rules adopted by the academy in 2000 limits credited producers to three in order to avoid handing awards to a mob of “producers,” some of whom may have gained the credit for little or no effort.


The academy also decided that only one producer would get credit for the Martin Scorsese film “The Departed.”

  • But American Sniper has more than three credited producers and was made post-2000.
    – OrangeDog
    Mar 1, 2016 at 15:48
  • @OrangeDog And the Academy rules on which ones are allowed to come on stage. As explained in the answer. Just like happened with The Departed.
    – BCdotWEB
    Mar 2, 2016 at 9:47
  • That wasn't clear.
    – OrangeDog
    Mar 2, 2016 at 9:49

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