Wednesday, June 24, 2009

NEWS: Academy To Allow 10 Best Picture...

So, outside of a trailer for Cat Ladies, it looks like Hollywood is taking the day off to see Transformers: Revenge of The Fallen. Well, most of Hollywood anyways. All but the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.

In a shocking piece of news, the Academy has announced that they will now be allowing 10 films to be nominated for it's Best Picture award.

President of the Academy, Sid Ganis, had this to say:

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. I can’t wait to see what that list of ten looks like when the nominees are announced in February.

This, while an interesting decision, comes as a complete ploy to not only sell more films, but sell more views of the awards show, as this will no doubt allow more box office kings to sit on the throne of being a Best Picture nominee. The change will take place with the upcoming Oscars, and is not only a weird and rather random announcement, but in my eyes, quite the unnecessary number. 5 seemed, at least to me, as though it was the perfect number, and sure, some films that were critically acclaimed don't get nominated, but it was always an interesting mix. I hate this news on all levels, UNLESS, the soon announce that Best Animated Feature will be done away with. THAT can redeem this announcement.

What do YOU think about this news?

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