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Oscars to have 10 Best Picture nominations


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http://www.deadlinehollywooddaily.com/but-why-academy-to-now-allow-10-films-in-best-picture-category/

Beverly Hills, CA (June 24, 2009) — The 82nd Academy Awards, which will be presented on March 7, 2010, will have 10 feature films vying in the Best Picture category, Academy Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Sid Ganis announced today (June 24) at a press conference in Beverly Hills.

“After more than six decades, the Academy is returning to some of its earlier roots, when a wider field competed for the top award of the year,” said Ganis. “The final outcome, of course, will be the same – one Best Picture winner – but the race to the finish line will feature 10, not just five, great movies from 2009.”

For more than a decade during the Academy’s earlier years, the Best Picture category welcomed more than five films; for nine years there were 10 nominees. The 16th Academy Awards (1943) was the last year to include a field of that size; “Casablanca” was named Best Picture. (In 1931/32, there were eight nominees and in 1934 and 1935 there were 12 nominees.)

Currently, the Academy is presenting a bicoastal screening series showcasing the 10 Best Picture nominees of 1939, arguably one of Hollywood’s greatest film years. Best Picture nominees of that year include such diverse classics as “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” “Stagecoach,” “The Wizard of Oz” and Best Picture winner “Gone with the Wind.”

“Having 10 Best Picture nominees is going allow Academy voters to recognize and include some of the fantastic movies that often show up in the other Oscar categories, but have been squeezed out of the race for the top prize,” commented Ganis. “I can’t wait to see what that list of ten looks like when the nominees are announced in February.”

The 82nd Academy Awards nominations will be announced on Tuesday, February 2. The Oscar® ceremony honoring films for 2009 will again take place at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network.

I'm not sure about this. I think having 10 nominations does kind of devalue the nominations a bit.

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I'm with you Toups. I'm trying to determine the motivation behind this. Does the AMPAS hope this will get more populist flicks in, a la WALL*E and The Dark Knight last year? We all know that the more populist flicks, the bigger the ratings. The year Titanic won, the ratings for Oscar were huge.

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I think alot of it has to do with film credits- "nominated for best picture". It helps increase the credibility of some big hollywood studio films and gets people to buy them on video or go see them at the movies. It's a small effort towards getting the public to spend more money on the film industry. WE all know there will only be 3 real contenders for best picture, but increasing the number to 10 might help the other films in the long run.

You can't do the same for best actor, or best director, or best cinematography... because that drives those individual parties prices up. If so-and-so(7/10 unlikely winner) was nominated for best actress he/she can demand more from the studio.

Political features tied to big studios will be given more credibility. At least that's my guess, because why not 10 nominees. There's only 1 winner.

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