There will be 10 best picture nominees starting with the 82nd Oscar ceremony, skedded for March 7, at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood.Ganis explains in a press release:
The announcement was made Wednesday morning at AMPAS headquarters in BevHills by Acad prez Sid Ganis. Oscar noms will be unveiled Feb. 2.
“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.”Holy Crap!! Everyone complains that whittling down the Best Picture list to only 5 limits the nominees to pictures that most people haven't seen. Widening the amount of nominees to 10 will allow expansion to more popular films. This year's Batman would have been a prime benificiary if this rule had been in place. The Golden Globes essentially have 10 since they split the categories to drama and then comedy/musicals. The Academy Awards originally had 10 nominees a category back in the 1930's and 40's, but over the years the Academy reduced the number to 5.
“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.”
Wow, wow, WOW! Can't wait to see how this livens things up this year.