Breaking: Oscars go from 5 to 10 Best Picture Nominees
In a stunning movie no doubt meant to broaden the value of the best picture race, the 82nd Academy Awards announced today that they will increase the number of nominees for the top category to ten candidates from five.
At a press conference today, Sid Ganis said, “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.”
This is actually nothing new for the Academy Awards. For nine years, there were more than the expected five nominees. In 1931/32 there were eight nominees and in 1934 and 1935 there were 12 nominees. This ended in 1943 when "Casablanca" won the best picture Oscar.
There were some rumors that the Acadmey would do away with the Best Animated Feature Film category along with this move, but at this time it still exists.
Last year, many believed "The Dark Knight," the second highest grossing film in U.S. domestic box office history and a critical favorite, narrowly missed out of a best picture nomination. This move is intended to rectify such oversights.
The 82nd Academy Awards nominations will be announced on Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010. The Oscar ceremony will be presented on Sunday, March 7, 2010, live at 8:30 p.m., ET on the ABC Television Network. The ceremony will once again take place at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood.
Update: 26 films make the field for this year's Oscar race. Really.
2014 | Drama | NRSummary: A talented young musician on the brink of super stardom struggles with the pressure of her new-found success.Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood
Cast: Minnie Driver, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Danny Glover, Jordan Belfi
2001 | Family | PGSummary: The children of a super-spy couple must rescue their parents when mom and dad are targeted by a powerful maniac with dreams of world domination in this clever spin of espionage action.Director: Robert Rodriguez
Cast: Alexa PenaVega, Daryl Sabara, Antonio Banderas
2013 | Drama | RSummary: Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill have boundless energy in the story of a real-life commodities crook who earned millions through scummy small-time stock trades.Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie
1952 | Musical | GSummary: Sound comes to the movies in this endlessly inventive and exuberant musical comedy starring Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, and Donald O'Connor.Director: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly
Cast: Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds
1982 | Fantasy | GSummary: Animated fantasy about a brave unicorn who, fearful that she’s the last of her kind, goes in search of the other unicorns, which were spirited away to the ends of the Earth.Director: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr.
Cast: Jeff Bridges, Mia Farrow, Angela Lansbury
2008 | Drama | NRSummary: An inside look at Italy's modern-day crime families, the Camorra in Naples and Caserta. Based on a book by Roberto Saviano. Power, money and blood: these are the "values" that the residents of the Province of Naples and Caserta, have to face every day. They hardly ever have a choice, and are forc...Director: Matteo Garrone
Cast: Salvatore Abruzzese, Simone Sacchettino, Salvatore Ruocco, Vincenzo Fabricino
1950 | Drama | NRSummary: A small-time screenwriter is drawn into the life of a fading silent film goddess like a fly in a spider's web. Murder and madness await within her gloomy old Hollywood home.Director: Billy Wilder
Cast: William Holden, Gloria Swanson, Erich von Stroheim
1999 | Documentary | RSummary: AMERICAN MOVIE is the story of filmmaker Mark Borchardt, his mission, and his dream. Spanning over two years of intense struggle with his film, his family, financial decline, and spiritual crisis, AMERICAN MOVIE is a portrayal of ambition, obsession, excess, and one man's quest for the American D...Director: Chris Smith
Cast: Mark Borchardt, Mike Schank, Tom Schimmels
1998 | Animation | GSummary: A tomboyish girl disguises herself as a young man so she can fight with the Imperial Chinese Army against the invading Huns. With help from wise-cracking dragon Mushu, Mulan just might save her country -- and win the heart of handsome Captain Li Shang.Director: Tony Bancroft, Barry Cook
Cast: Ming-Na Wen, Lea Salonga, June Foray, Soon-Tek Oh
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