Saturday, June 27, 2009

82nd Academy Awards® to Feature 10 Best Picture Nominees

For the past 3 years, Amy and I have attended the AMC Best Picture Showcase. This is an event held at AMC theaters all around the country. In the past, they have shown all five Best Picture nominees. This has allowed Amy and I to see all of the nominees for Best Picture before the Oscars. I don’t guess we’ll be able to do this in 2010, because the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has declared that next year there will be 10 Best Picture nominees. The precedent was set in the 30’s and 40’s, but for the past 65 years, there have only been 5. This change will certainly put an end to the AMC Best Picture Showcase as we know it. This is their press release:

Beverly Hills, CA (June 24, 2009) — The 82nd Academy Awards, which will be presented on March 7, 2010, will have 10 feature films vying in the Best Picture category, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Sid Ganis announced today (June 24) at a press conference in Beverly Hills.

“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.”

For more than a decade during the Academy’s earlier years, the Best Picture category welcomed more than five films; for nine years there were 10 nominees. The 16th Academy Awards (1943) was the last year to include a field of that size; “Casablanca” was named Best Picture. (In 1931/32, there were eight nominees and in 1934 and 1935 there were 12 nominees.)

Currently, the Academy is presenting a bicoastal screening series showcasing the 10 Best Picture nominees of 1939, arguably one of Hollywood’s greatest film years. Best Picture nominees of that year include such diverse classics as “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” “Stagecoach,” “The Wizard of Oz” and Best Picture winner “Gone with the Wind.”

“Having 10 Best Picture nominees is going to allow Academy voters to recognize and include some of the fantastic movies that often show up in the other Oscar categories, but have been squeezed out of the race for the top prize,” commented Ganis. “I can’t wait to see what that list of ten looks like when the nominees are announced in February.”

The 82nd Academy Awards nominations will be announced on Tuesday, February 2. The Oscar® ceremony honoring films for 2009 will again take place at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Yeah, my wife and I have attended for the past 3 years also and are pretty disappointed by the decision to expand it to 10 films. Hopefully AMC theaters will still come up with something, but regardless of what they are able to do, it seems impossible that we'll be able to see all of the best picture nominees in one day like we could in the previous three years.