Breaking Oscar News: Best Picture Nominee List Expanded

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In a surprising bit of news, it has been announced by the 82nd Academy Awards that the Best Picture nominees list for next year will change from the standard five to a whopping ten! That means double the amount of movies can have the term “Best Picture Nominee” on their posters and DVD covers – and the question of who will win that coveted top prize will be even more up in the air than it usually is.


At a press conference today to announce and explain the decision, Academy Executive Producer Sid Ganis said the following:

“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.”

HitFix points out that this isn’t a completely new thing for the Academy to do, since back in the early ’30s there were eight nominees in the running for the top prize, and in 1935 there were as many as twelve! This kind of thing stopped when Casablanca won Best Picture in 1943.

For you animation fans out there (you know, the award that Pixar automatically wins every year), it was rumored that along with the expansion of the Best Picture category, the Academy would also announce the axing of the Best Animated Feature category, too. But at this point in time that appears not to be the case (Pixar can breath easy!).

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Hitfix speculates that the Best Picture expansion is, in part, to rectify such “oversights” like a certain second-highest grossing movie of all-time and fan and critical favorite (a little movie called The Dark Knight, you may have heard of it) narrowly missing out on a Best Pic nomination last year – a snub that many felt sore about. In that sense, I can see why they’re making this change – if another TDK comes along (not that it’s likely, but it’s possible), then the Academy wants to make sure they can include it as a Best Picture nominee (not to mention snag the viewership of the masses who actually turn out to see such movies).

The main thing I don’t like about this move is the sheer size of the Best Pic nominee list now: ten, really? I would be cool with them adding one or two spots (maybe even three at most) but ten seems like a lot to me. There’s a positive side to it, in that it allows more movies to get the Best Pic recognition, but at the same time it might also get more unworthy movies nominated just for the sake of filling up the few extra spots the Academy have now opened up.

Also, won’t this mean that the other categories will pale in comparison, with it almost being downright unfair for them? If the Best Picture category can have ten, then why not Best Actor or Best Director? Won’t it mean, for example, that ten movies get nominated but those (extra) five directors will then be left out of the directing category?

This move has a lot more cons than pros in my book.

What do you think of the Academy expanding their Best Picture category from five to ten nominees? Do you think it’s overkill? And will the move benefit or hinder the awards ceremony?

Source: HitFix

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  1. Not a bad idea but TEN FILMS!!! REALLY?!! Just so five more films can put on the DVD BluRay displays nominated for best picture..More is definitely better unless of course the quality is there..

  2. Definitely not better I meant..

  3. At first I thought it was nice, but I’ve been thinking and it doesn’t seem like that. There are many things to question with this, but no doubt it’ll be interesting to see as the awards season comes. I personally would have made the change to 7 nominates in every category, escept maybe short films and documentary stuff. That would be cooler.

  4. With all due respect to “The Dark Knight” and the amazing acting that was Heath Ledger… he is the only thing I liked about the film that deserved an award. “Mamma Mia” I believe is the highest grossing film in the U.K, but you didn’t see it winning a BAFTA for Best Picture.

    The Oscars are for the great movies, not the commerical successes that are fads in one season and then out in another… that is what the MTV Movie Awards are for.

    I use the Best Picture nominees to know what to make sure i have to see. With ten nominees… its just like closing your eyes landing randomly on something at the local movie theatre.

  5. It’s just retarded. Can you name five more films (aside from Dark Knight) from last year that should be included with what were? Iron Man? Indiana Jones? Twilight? Beveryly Hills Chihuahua? Go to and look at the movies from last year and tell me what you would add. Quantum of Solace? Maybe. Hell, and that was with The Reader already nominated for some unknown reason and Milk nominated for political reasons.

    THis is just an excuse to make MORE political noms and push more crappy movies into the public’s eye.

    Waht they should do is this: One nomination in each category: Comedy/Musical, Drama, Action/Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Independent, Animated and then add the Highest grossing film of the year to the list if it isn’t already on there.

    Hmm, based on that criteria, 2008 noms probably would have been:

    Comedy/Musical: Tropic Thunder or Mamma Mia!
    Drama: Frost/Nixon
    A/SF/F: Benjamin Button
    Indy: Slumdog Millionaire
    Anim: Wall-E
    Box Office: The Dark Knight

    Honestluy, that would have been an exciting race/fight.

    Oh, hey, who’s gonna break it to the 5 directors that helm Oscar Nominated ‘masterpieces’ but don’t get Best Director noms that they’re just screwed? You might see a new practice of Directors getting Producer creds just to cover such an occurance. Everyone must get an Oscar, donchyaknow?

  6. How LONG will the telcast be NOW?
    Ten clips To introduce the films ?
    How far does this go?

  7. Actually Pixar would rather abolish the “Best Animated Film” category as they say they would rather have their films treated like regular movies and not put in some strange category. Brad Bird has been saying that for years.

  8. Excellent point GK333,,,,

  9. I think they should be imparcial and honest enough to recognise the best movies of the year and not any specific number of them..
    That would make it harder to select the movies, but at least it would be more fair. In a poor year we’d have less candidates and in a great one we’d have more..
    This way a great movie could always hope to get a nod instead of counting if it will make into the top 5 or 10.
    And by comparison we wouldn’t have nominations just to achieved a given number.

    But then again, after watching Chicago I can’t have much faith in the Academy..

  10. @Woolycaveman,

    I realise that and totally agree with them. But without the Best Animated Feature catagory, the Academy wouldn’t suddenly treat them like every other movie. Isn’t it better they get SOMETHING than NOTHING?

  11. This is just stupid.
    It would be better to expand the number of nominees if needed, so that it could range between 5-10 nominees. Would be a better solution

  12. @ Ross miller

    Well yeah I’m glad they get the recognition, and I would hate to see them get nothing because of a removal of the award, I’m just saying what they have said regarding the categorization of animated films. Wow that didn’t make any sense at all…

  13. With all due respect Jessie if you use the best picture noms as movie you have to see you must be disappointed alot especial this year. With films like Milk. TDK was a great film and was better than half the movies on that list. Personally I loved TDK, but I think it’s more of a comment about how horrible 2008 was for movies than how great TDK was. The Wrestler was great, but there really wasn’t much else.

    My response to upping to 10. It’s just what the oscars needed..More losers.

  14. 10 Best Picture nominees is a bit heavy. However, if the list was a 5 dramatic and 5 Comedy/Romance compilation (as in Golden Globes) then maye b have something. Directors could also be recognized in a similar manner. Then maybe Actors, Actresses… where would this end?

  15. 10 Best Picture nominees is a bit heavy. However, if the list was a 5 dramatic and 5 Comedy/Romance compilation (as in Golden Globes) then maye b have something. Directors could also be recognized in a similar manner. Then maybe Actors, Actresses… where would this end?