The Oscars Just Got Longer

June 24, 2009

The Academy Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Sid Ganis let it be known today that the 82nd Oscar ceremony will now have ten, count 'em ten, contenders for Best Picture. A lot of great films get snubbed every year, but ten?! That's going a little far.

The last time ten movies were in contention for the Best Picture Oscar was in 1943, when Casablanca won.

Coming Soon reports that Ganis had this to say about the change:

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.

You thought the Oscars were the never-ending ceremony before, but you ain't seen nothin' yet:

Having 10 Best Picture nominees is going 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.

I hope you have a real comfortable couch by next year. Is this overkill, or rightful recognition of films that would otherwise be overlooked?

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