Posted at 4:32 PM on June 24, 2009
by Euan Kerr
So the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has returned to its practice of before 1944 and decided to have 10 nominees for best picture. President Sid Ganis told All Things Considered it'll mean a greater diversity of nominations, waving the possibility of a documentary, an action film, a comedy or even - gasp- a foreign film as a best picture winner.
It seems though that most people immediately think it just means the Oscar Broadcast will be even more interminable. Ganis (right) made the announcement standing before the list of nominees for 1939, which he says was a halcyon year for Hollywood. Seeing all the names inevitably produces the cynical question as to whether there will really be 10 films worthy of competing for the Oscar.
On reflection though, given the number of films being produced nowadays, this has to be a welcome development if only because it will give a nomination box office bump to more movies which undeservingly sink beneath the waves during Oscar season having not made the cut. It might also give a little more of a chance to films released earlier in the year.
The nominees will be announced on February 2nd 2010.
But what do you think? Ten nominees: pleasure, pain, or otherwise?
In a good year, 10 nominees would be a boon, since animated features might actually have a chance at a nomination, and if this rule were in place last year, its almost certain The Dark Knight would have been nominated.
In weak years, though, 10 nominations is going to lead to some really weak entries for Best Picture.