The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences announced yesterday that they will be extending the nominees list for Best Picture from 5 to 10. I think this is a good move that will generate viewership and give more films a shot at the big prize. Now this isn't an entirely new idea. From 1931 to 1943, ten was the magic number for Best Pic nods as well. It looks like they had it right back then.
Many people are speculating that the outrage that fans expressed earlier this year at the lack of Best Picture nominations for "The Dark Knight" and "Wall-E" was what prompted this change. Which is totally valid. I was too one of the people who felt that "The Dark Knight" had all the qualities of a Best Picture Nominee. I also thing that year after year it is always so predictable who will win Best Picture half way into the show. When the screenplay and director wins the award, the winning movie is almost inevitable. It will be interesting to see how this change in Best Pic to Director to Actor, etc. ratio will effect the outcome of the awards if at all. Hopefully the ceremony itself is not extended. I mean it's long enough. Perhaps having a musical number for each film could be skipped next year.
Another good thing about this decision is that it will address the changing of the times. With the advances in filmmaking technologies, there are so many more films produced each year that are worthy of the statue. Making room to celebrate these achievements is totally appropriate.
All in all, I can't wait to see the outcome of this decision. Kudos to the Academy.