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.