Posted by: da_nibbler | July 2, 2009

82nd Oscars To Feature 10 Best Picture Nominees!

The 82nd Academy Awards, which will be presented on March 7 2010, will be a bit different from its predecessors and going back all the way to the earlier years of the Academy Awards.

What is the difference? Glad you asked, cos I had no clue myself. Turns out the early Academy Awards had 10 feature films vying for the supreme Best Picture award – unlike today with only half of those contenders allowed. Back-to-the-roots is what Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Sid Ganis announced end of June at a press conference in Beverly Hills:

“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.”

For more than a decade during the Academy’s earlier years, the Best Picture category welcomed more than five films; for nine years there were 10 nominees. The 16th Academy Awards (1943) was the last year to include a field of that size. In 1931/32, there were eight nominees and in 1934 and 1935 there were 12 nominees.

“Having 10 Best Picture nominees is going [to] 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.”

Neither can we.

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