OSCAR: Best Picture Change Makes Sense

OSCAR SHOCKER! Academy Builds Surprise & Secrecy Into Best Picture Race: Now There Can Be 5 To 10 Nominees

Tuesday night’s vote by the Board of Governors made another major change in the Best Picture Oscar race. But this time, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences has found a good way to inject suspense and freshness back into the race without moving the ceremony earlier (at least yet). By requiring a minimum of 5% of first-place votes in order to receive a Best Pic nod, the Academy is going to keep us guessing right up to the announcement of the nominees. That rightfully puts the emphasis on the quality, rather than quantity, of the contenders. Depending on how those first-place votes turn out, we once again can have a year with only five nominees or, like the past two years, with 10 nominees, or any number in between. The latter is the most likely scenario as the Academy in their press release points out that, in their study of the years 2001 to 2008, there were “years that would have yielded 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 nominees.”

Although there were many supporters in the Academy for the move in the 2009 and 2010 Best Picture competition to expand to 10 nominees from the locked number of five that had been in place since 1944, there seemed to be just as many detractors who thought the larger number of candidates devalued the worth of a nomination. It was done largely because popular critical successes like The Dark Knight were passed over. With the new rule of 10 nominees, such popular box office hits as Up, The Blind Side, District 9, and Inception each earned Best Pic stripes they likely would not have received if only five films had been eligible. The move was originally proposed by 2008 Oscar show producers Bill Condon and Larry Mark, but they actually suggested it should be eight nominees as it was in 1931-1932. After a committee studied the proposal, the Board voted to make it 10 nominees just as it had been in the years 1936 to 1943, the last time there were more than five nominees until 2009. (more…)

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