Academy Awards to expand to TEN Best Picture nominees!!

Posted on 24 June 2009 by ShepRamsey

In a shock to be heard round the world of people who find this sort of thing simply fascinating, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that they will be expanding the Best Picture category from a meager five nominees to a full whopping TEN nominees.


The announcement was made at a press conference in Beverly Hills today.

This sort of thing is obviously in response to recent snubbings of popular mainstream films like The Dark Knight and Wall-E, which were both seen as potential nominees in last year’s race but were left out in favor of more low-key fare like The Reader and Frost/Nixon.

This is huge, awesome news! The Oscars haven’t had ten nominees on their Best Picture ballot since the 1940s, and this decision aligns the Oscars with other awards ceremonies like the Golden Globes–which divide ten nominees among drama and comedy categories.

Important to note, though, is that the other categories will not be affected, and the Academy has made it clear that the nominees will not be divided into subcategories. 

I believe, with this change, we can certainly look forward to seeing a great (and previously unlikely) film like Up on the ballot this year. And this way, doesn’t it also make the winner all the more triumphant as it stands tall among nine other films that were deemed worthy?

I’m really excited to hear this news and can’t wait to see how it will turn out come next January. I think we can look forward to many big, grand, audience-friendly (and still really terrific) films being given the honor that they rightly deserve!

“We will be casting our net wide,” said Sidney Ganis, the Academy president, at today’s press conference. Might we even be seeing Star Trek on this list?? Not likely, I’m sure, but geeks like me can still dream, right?

The new format will go into effect for next year’s awards ceremony on March 7.  The nominees will be announced February 2.                           

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10 Comments For This Post

  1. Quaid Says:

    I smell more dark horse winners in the future. The only concern I have is that there will still be 5 “real” nominees (with multiple nominations) and 5 great movies that just get the token gesture. That, and I don’t want the telecast to get any longer.

    Let’s hope this isn’t just posturing for more ratings with bigger movies.

  2. HansKlopek Says:

    It is posturing for bigger movies definitely, but this is very much a step in the right direction. Now more movies will have a chance of winning. It will also open up the field so that the best movie of the year isn’t just given a token screenplay nomination, but can also be nominated for the big award. I like this a lot.

  3. Rhawk187 Says:

    I would think the better solution would be to not have a fixed number of nominees. Nominate however many worthy movies there are that year. Some years I think might be hard pressed to find 10 oscar-quality movies.

  4. Quaid Says:

    Rhawk…I like the idea of an unspecified number of nominees, but that would also make the “snubs” all the more terrible. A set number at least makes the process somewhat defined. I don’t know…I just want to wait and see how it plays out the first year.

  5. ShepRamsey Says:

    I’m hearing a lot of people complaining about this and saying that there aren’t ten worthwhile movies in a year. If this is the case, then why are yearly top ten lists so damn rampant? This, to me, feels like the Oscars simply making their own top ten. What’s so wrong with that?

    And I think we can all assume that everyone taking part in this discussion must be a movie buff to some degree, so why is everyone saying that there aren’t ten good movies in a year? I love movies and as a lover of movies I’ve never seen a year where I didn’t see at least ten movies that I thought were outstanding in some capacity. Why does everyone have to act so damn cynical about it? We’re movie lovers! We should be thrilled by this! Lighten up, people!

  6. Quaid Says:

    “Why does everyone have to act so damn cynical about it?…Lighten up, people!” Words that ShepRamsey lives by, as we all know from his Transformers articles. :) Just kidding, Shep…we love ya. And I agree wholeheartedly on this matter.

  7. ShepRamsey Says:

    Cynicism is perfectly acceptable when in regards to movies like Transformers–black holes of creativity. On this matter, we’re discussing movies that actually deserve to be called movies. And certainly there are ten movies a year that can be classified as damn good and well worthy of recognition.

  8. Quaid Says:

    I concur.

  9. Tyrone Says:

    I would like to thank the academy… for expanding its list of best picture nominees.

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