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For the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, everything old is new again.
Sid Ganis, President of the Academy, announced today that the number of best picture nominees will be increasing from 5 to 10. "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," Ganis told the press. "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."
Until the 1940s, the Oscars nominated 10 films for best picture every year, allowing for the recognition of a wide array of cinematic styles. This change could potentially lead to more diversity among nominees, making the selection process harder than ever.
Could having 5 more nominees take away from the quality and prestige of the Best Picture category? Or will it make the Oscars even more exciting to watch? Talk to us!