At a press conference held by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills on June 24, President Sid Ganis disclosed that 10 nominees will be contesting for the ‘Best Picture’ category at the 82nd Academy Awards to be held on March 7, 2010.
During Academy’s early stages there were more than five nominees and for almost a decade there were 10 nominees. The last year to have such wide spectrum of nominees was in 1943 when “Casablanca” won the award for Best Picture.
Ganis was quoted saying “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. 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 change of rule has been welcomed by the industry allowing more movies to contest the title as well as enjoy the glare of publicity that Oscar nominees are known to shadow under.
1939 was known as the benchmark for the Hollywood film industry when some of the best films were made including “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” “Stagecoach,” “The Wizard of Oz” and Best Picture winner “Gone with the Wind”.
If we get into the flashback mode, choosing five nominees from those ten great masterpieces would be impossible, a situation that had somewhat arisen in 2009. “The Dark Knight” a highly acknowledged film, won 8 nominations in 2009 but not in the ‘Best Picture’ category. This caused quite uproar amongst its fans which might have instigated the move to include more movies in the said category.
The nominations for 2010 Oscars will be announced on Tuesday, February 2 at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood and can be watched live on ABC channel.