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Monday, January 23, 2012

It's not just "what" but "how many" for this year's Best Picture Oscar nominations

Posted By on Mon, Jan 23, 2012 at 4:41 PM

Even devoted fans of the movies may be forgiven for not keeping track of changes made by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to its Best Picture Oscar nominating process in recent years. From 1944 to 2008, five movies were nominated each year for Best Picture. In 2009, the Academy decided it would be better to nominate ten movies each year. Presumably realizing that it didn't help anyone when mediocre movies were suddenly "Nominated for Best Picture!", the Academy decided in June of 2011 that the number of Best Picture nominees would now range from five to ten each year, depending on how voters filled out their ballots.

How exactly does that work? Variety's Christy Grosz tried to illuminate the obscure process here. If you ask us, the new rules only allow insiders new opportunities to game the system. But maybe we're just bitter because journalists don't vote.

This year's Oscar nominations will be announced on Tuesday morning, so check the blog tomorrow for a full list.

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