June 15, 2011

And the Academy does it again…

So as many of you have probably heard, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have announced yet another curveball headed in our direction. Yes. The number of nominees in the Best Picture category has been changed again.

But not to any old number. Like the pre-1944 Oscars, the number of pictures nominated will actually be based on pure merit. If a film is good enough to be voted in as a nominee, well then it will.
However, unlike pre-1944, the number of nominees must be between 5 and 10 rather than 8 and 12.

Check out the article on TV Guide.

So is this a good thing?

Absolutely. Positively. Undeniably and reliably.

Limiting it to 5 is limiting some of the great films made that maybe didn’t have the commercial success or widespread release of its competitors, meaning that films that may be of a high enough caliber
to be nominated simply won’t be. For example, would Winter’s Bone have had the opportunity to be nominated for Best Picture with only 5 spots to fill? Probably not. But because it was nominated, people saw it and were able to see both the film and the talent of star Jennifer Lawrence, who is now coming onto the film scene with fists flying, taking on everything from X-Men: First Class as Mystique to the coveted lead role of Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games to more independent films like The Beaver and Like Crazy. (So maybe I have a little crush)

On the other hand, forcing 10 nominations was really pushing the limit and almost made a mockery of getting nominated. 2011 was a great year at the Oscars for film (no comment on the hosting), so the films all earned their nominations. But merely taking a peek back to 2009, District 9 was good, but not Oscar-worthy, and while Sandra Bullock was great in The Blind Side, I don't think that the film itself deserved a Best Picture nom.

So basically, I’m very excited to see what happens next year at the Oscars. Sure, we’re ways away, but I can’t wait for Hollywood to pick it’s 5-10 movies and see who really deserves to make the cut.

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