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Best Picture Category to Include 10 Nominees at Next Oscars

For the first time since 1943, the Best Picture category at the Academy Awards will include 10 nominees instead of five. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Sid Ganis made the announcement today, and assured us that the outcome — just one Best Picture winner — will still be the same.

Ganis commented, "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." It makes me wonder if Wall-E might have gotten a nomination if there were 10 slots at the last Oscars.

Wow — five more nominees. This should be interesting! Do you think it's good that the Academy will have more options for Best Picture? What other five movies from last year (so, in addition to The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Frost/Nixon, Milk, The Reader and Slumdog Millionaire) would you have put in the Best Picture category if it allowed for 10 then?


emmebeth emmebeth 8 years
Benjamin Button was awful (IMO). I would absolutely have chosen Revolutionary Road over BB any day.
nancita nancita 8 years
It seems that if they do this, they should just do away with the Best Animated Feature category, which always seemed kind of silly to me, and just add those movies to the Best Picture category.
redchick152 redchick152 8 years
Good idea Californiagirl.... and i'm sorry to the other posters, but the Dark Knight for best picture? other than Heath and the special effects, that is about all its got. definitely doesn't compare to the Wrestler or Wall-E!
fashion4ward fashion4ward 8 years
I am so shocked I cannot even grasp this. It's too bad The Academy didn't do this 2 years ago, when my beloved Into the Wild was on the bubble.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 8 years
I don't like this idea, partly because they aren't that many good movies that come out each year (unfortunately). I would much rather see separate acting categories for Comedy and Drama, like they do at the Golden Globes. Comedy actors always get the shaft at the Oscars because the Academy usually chooses a dramatic actor over a comedic one.
yellinln yellinln 8 years
I heard this story on NPR on my drive home from work. They said that the show wouldn't necessarily be longer, and also mentioned that in previous decades there wasn't always just 5 nominees (one year had 10, another 12).
a-million-suns a-million-suns 8 years
I think this is good news. There were quite a few that I (and many, many others) felt deserved a spot in the Best Picture category this year that didn't get one, such as Wall-E and The Dark Knight, as some people have already mentioned.
katie225 katie225 8 years
ugh, i really love going to the amc best picture showcase (marathon of movies!!). i don't think it will be possible with 10 nominees unless they split it up over two days. :( bummer.
clew001 clew001 8 years
with 10 best pictures does that mean the broadcast will last for 7 hrs
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 8 years
Is there even enough good work out there for to be a point in including more nominations?
gruaig_rua gruaig_rua 8 years
The Wrestler Wall-E Seven Pounds The Dark Knight Gran Torino
Nitachequita Nitachequita 8 years
I agree with estella241. And considering the number of quality pictures has gone down in recent years, this is even less incentive to create good work.
fireyelectra fireyelectra 8 years
If there were 10 last year, they should have also included: Wall-E, The Dark Knight, The Wrestler, Frozen River, and, maybe, Rachel Getting Married or Wendy and Lucy.
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 8 years
I agree that it cheapens the honor of being nominated. That being said, if this had been the case last year, I think Wall-E and The Wrestler would've been nominated.
estella241 estella241 8 years
I don't like this - I feel like it cheapens the honor of being nominated.
mediaddict000 mediaddict000 8 years
The Dark Knight! It was the best picture last year, in my opinion.
heyjen19 heyjen19 8 years
I have mixed thoughts about this. The academy awards tend to be long and drawn out as they are -- wouldn't this just extend the show even more? I'm not sure there even are 5 more movies that are worthy of an oscar nomination.
supertramp supertramp 8 years
The Dark Knight The Wrestler Wall-E Revolutionary Road The Visitor
JCP0240 JCP0240 8 years
Wow, that will definitely makes things more interesting. The first thing I thought of was Wall-E too buzz!
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