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Oscar moves to have five to ten Best Picture nominees each year

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
June 15th, 2011

For all intents and purposes, one of the most talked about moves in the history of the Academy Of Motion Pictures Arts And Sciences was to make the jump to having ten nominees for Best Picture. Well, they’ve decided to go back on that move, at least kind of.

The AMPAS has announced (via Deadline) that they will now be having five to ten nominees each year for the award, meaning that while this year they may have ten, next year it could be six, followed by eight, and so on. The catch? Each nominee must garner at least 5% of the Academy’s first place votes in order to garner the nomination.

Now, while I wasn’t hugely positive on the move to ten a few years back, I actually kind of like this change. I think that this is a perfect way to get rid of superfluous nominees who don’t garner the respective amount of votes, and get down to what the Academy deems as the best of the best. Sure, it may seem like a bit of a backtrack for the AMPAS, but it looks as though they’ve gotten things a bit more straightened out.

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