The Oscars Gets Even Longer
It’s a slog to get through at the best of times with only the truly dedicated (and those with money riding on it) sitting through the entire ceremony.
But according to the the Academy of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences – better known as the Oscars – the evening still isn’t as expansive as it should be and it has announced that next year’s event will feature an expanded Best Picture category.
Many believe that the decision to expand the list of nominated films from 5 to 10 is a response to the heavy criticism over the exclusion of The Dark Knight from last year’s Best Picture race.
However Sid Ganis, President of the Academy, thinks having 10 Best Picture nominees is going to allow Academy voters to include some of the movies that often show up in the other Oscar categories, but have been squeezed out of the race for the top prize.
He said: “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,” adds Ganis. “I can’t wait to see what that list of ten looks like when the nominees are announced in February.”