There will be a major change in the nominations for “The 82nd Academy Awards.” The number of movies in the running for Best Picture will increase from five to 10. The announcement of the change was made this morning by Academy Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Sid Ganis.
The Academy has had five nominees since 1944. Before that, there were various numbers of nominees. For nine years, until the 16th awards, there were 10 nominees in the category. In 1931 and 1932 there were eight nominees. In 1934 and 1935 there were 12 nominees.
The plus of this change is that movies like “The Dark Knight,” a film that deserved a Best Picture nomination last year, won’t be left on the sidelines.
The negative is that five nominations created a very select group. The change looks like an effort by the Academy to generate some more interest in the show. In the end, there will still be only one winner. If this work maybe they will keep expanding until junk like “Pink Panther 2″ gets consideration.
How this change plays out will be seen when “The 82nd Academy Awards”
are handed out March 7. Nominations will be announced Feb. 2.