Over 60 years ago the Oscars once had the field of best picture nominees to at least eight with a maximum of twelve. That’s right, 12 nominees up for best picture! The year 1943 was the last year to showcase such a wide array of potential winners as it was scaled back to five the following year; to where it has stayed… until now.
Incredible move, but Oscars.org and Sid Ganis is reporting that starting this year, the field will be moved back up to 10.
“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.
“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.”
This is something I’ve actually contemplated for years. Why does it always have to be five every year? I’ve always thought it was stupid. Well, now I guess I can say, “Why does it always have to be TEN every year?”.
So until this news sinks in a little bit and I have some time to think about it, I don’t have a lot of commentary. If nothing else it will be interesting come February 2nd to see which of these other “fantastic movies” makes the cut.
Ten. Wow. Thoughts?