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The Oscars Adjusts the Best Picture Category For 2012 2011-06-15 10:35:19

The Oscars Change the Number of Best Picture Nominees Again

The Oscars' best picture category has been a work in progress, as the past two shows have seen 10 nominees for the award, but next year we'll have somewhere between five and 10 movies competing for the title. Here's how it works: when Academy voters fill out their ballots, a film will have to have at least 5 percent first-place votes in order to vie for the crown. What this means is that only the cream of the crop will make the final cut rather than throwing away extra nods simply to fulfill the 10-picture requirement.

I'm definitely on board with this development; really, not much will change (with 10 contenders we can usually spot at least three movies that have no chance), and I'm excited about the added element of suspense, since we won't know how many films are up for the category until the nominees are announced. Are you intrigued by the new process, or do you wish the Academy would just stick to a hard-and-fast rule?

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sly2425 sly2425 4 years
Toy Story 3 was ROBBED of Best Picture ;)
stone_soup stone_soup 4 years
I think flexibility is good. It doesn't force the Academy to have to fill up all 10 slots. 2011 was a good year, because the pickings were good. If 2011 offers slim pickings, it would be ridiculous to have to nominate a few less-than-excellent movies just to fulfill the requirement of 10 movies.
likethedirection likethedirection 4 years
Five was fine. Let's just go back to five.
ilanac13 ilanac13 4 years
i don't understand what they hope to gain by doing this. i think that we've all said that 10 is way too many. during the past 2 shows it's been way too much. i hope that we net out with like 5 instead of 10 this year.
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