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.
1995 | Adventure | GSummary: History comes gloriously to life in Disney's epic animated tale about love and adventure in the New World. Pocahontas is a Native American woman whose father has arranged for her to marry her village's best warrior. But a vision tells her change is coming, and soon she comes face to face with it ...Director: Mike Gabriel, Eric Goldberg
Cast: Irene Bedard, Mel Gibson, David Ogden Stiers, John Kassir
2013 | Comedy | NRSummary: Insanely funny comedy show created by Amy Schumer, who stars in brilliantly funny sketches about sex, city living, dating, and friendship.Director: Daniel Powell, Amy Schumer (creators)
Cast: Amy Schumer, Kevin Kane, Mike Houston
1939 | Horror | NRSummary: Universal’s third classic Frankenstein movie is the final one with Boris Karloff as the monster, and introduces some now-familiar aspects of the monster’s look and personality through a story about the original doctor Frankenstein’s son taking over the family castle in an attempt to redeem the Fr...Director: Rowland V. Lee
Cast: Boris Karloff, Basil Rathbone, Bela Lugosi
1994 | Drama | RSummary: Tim Burton plays a kindly man convicted of killing his wife who befriends an old prison inmate played by Morgan Freeman. Burton makes something like a home for himself in prison, until he reveals the ambition he has truly harbored for years.Director: Frank Darabont
Cast: Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton
1997 | Action | RSummary: Odd comedy about a contract killer played by John Cusack who tries to balance completing a job with rekindling an old romance while home for his high school reunion.Director: George Armitage
Cast: John Cusack, Minnie Driver, Dan Aykroyd
2013 | Animation | PGSummary: In this irreverent, hilarious, adventurous buddy comedy for audiences of all ages, directed by Jimmy Hayward (Horton Hears a Who!), two turkeys from opposite sides of the tracks must put aside their differences and team up to travel back in time to change the course of history - and get turkey of...Director: Jimmy Hayward
Cast: Woody Harrelson, Owen Wilson, Amy Poehler, Dan Fogler
1989 | Adventure | GSummary: The story of two animals and their adventures. Milo, the cat, and Otis, the dog, are two animals who grew up together on the same farm. One day, the two are separated and begin a journey to find each other. The adventurous, and often perilous quest finds the two animals traveling across mountains...Director: Masanori Hata
Cast: Dudley Moore, Kyôko Koizumi, Milo, Otis
2013 | Thriller | RSummary: Jake Gyllenhaal does double the work as a mousy teacher who meets his exact physical double... and has to deal with his intense nature when the other guy wants some of his life.Director: Denis Villeneuve
Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Mélanie Laurent, Sarah Gadon
2008 | Comedy | RSummary: Ray and Ken, two hit men, are in Bruges, Belgium, waiting for their next mission. While they are there they have time to think and discuss their previous assignment. When the mission is revealed to Ken, it is not what he expected.Director: Martin McDonagh
Cast: Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Ralph Fiennes, Clémence Poésy
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