Oscar shocker: There will be 10 best picture nominees next year

June 24, 2009 | 6:16 p.m.

Calendar Man strikes

Back in January, everyone wondered how close “The Dark Knight” came to earning an Oscar nomination for best picture.

Now we know: It missed by exactly one year.

In a shocking announcement, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences announced that next year there will be twice as many nominees in the best picture category, a bit of the news that is already


sending a jolt through Hollywood. For studio marketing and advertising teams, it opens up new opportunities to promote films — although it  also will water down the prestige of a nomination.

Here’s a press-release quote from academy President Sid Ganis, who framed the decision as a return to the earliest traditions of the trophy that towers over Hollywood.

 “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.”

Ganis and his team, of course, are more concerned with discouraging trends in the ratings of the show than any sort of bridge to the gala’s past. Last year, there were major changes in the broadcast in an attempt to goose the suspense and energy of the show. If they really want to make for compelling moments, they should show a clip of “Dark Knight” director Christopher Nolan’s reaction today when he gets the news in London that his Batman just got ambushed by the Calendar Man

— Geoff Boucher


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3 Responses to Oscar shocker: There will be 10 best picture nominees next year

  1. Lynwood says:

    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science doubling the number of best picture nominees! Who knows? I know a comedy film that will be among the nominees!! I can see it now! This film yielding much and got an immediate return. I am telling you it will bring to the table drama, comedy and suspense. Hilariously funny causing both the muscles in your face and stomach to tighten up from laughing so hard.
    Some might even fall from their seats. Believe me! You will not be able to keep a straight face. I suggest that you use the restroom first before you enter into this movie. Why? Because you will not be able to hold what is longing inside you. You will release it from cracking up. Yes Sir! The remake of Sanford and Son! THE MOVIE!! The right cast! Hey!! There is a guy that sound like Fred G. Sanford on youtube.com/healingprophet

  2. Alfred Muse says:

    VERY wrong move.

  3. CD98 says:

    Official press release and video of press conference.

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