A few sources have linked to a press release from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, or AMPAS, announcing that instead of ten Best Picture Nominees, the number of nominees will be between five to ten and the exact number, differing from year to year, will be announced on the same day when the nominees themselves are revealed. Specifics of the rule include:
“After much analysis by Academy officials, it was determined that 5% of first place votes should be the minimum in order to receive a nomination, resulting in a slate of anywhere from five to 10 movies.”
The release also expresses ideas and analysis from members including retiring Academy executive director Bruce Davis and quote “If there are only [ for example] eight pictures that truly earn that honor in a given year, we shouldn’t feel an obligation to round out the number.”
I tweeted that if us lowly bloggers and other real critics can constantly come up with a top ten list every year, so should the Academy. Others either talked about how this affects our speculation of which movies will be nominated, expressed cynicism about the quality of the nominees despite the change, greet the news with humor or express that they actually liked the idea. I’m calmer now, thinking about both sides of the argument. I believe that more than half of last year’s Best Picture nominees sucked, but it’s an improvement from 2009 and I can see what other might like in those ten movies. I also thought of the ten rule as a way from the Academy to introduce great movies to the public instead of just letting us remember the ones we did see. But even if this rule exist, I still hope that they still come up with ten, because I’m an idealist and crap like that.
So what do you guys think?