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Academy Awards may go back to just five Best Picture nominees

03.04.2015

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For the 82nd annual Oscars the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences decided to increase the amount of Best Picture nominees, but according to THR the organization is "seriously considering" going back to just five Best Picture candidates.

Sources have told the site "that a significant fraction of the Academy" is pushing for the move, with many believing that "too many best picture nominees has watered down the prestige of a nomination." The increase in nominations also hasn't helped boost the ratings for the awards show, and THR says that's another reason why the organization is thinking about returning to five Best Picture nominees.

The Academy's board of governors hasn't received an official proposal yet, but a move back to the previous format will more than likely be discussed at the next meeting, which is set for March 24.

Should the Academy change the rules again and go back to five Best picture nominees, or do you think it is a bad idea?

Source: THR

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10:08PM on 03/05/2015
The problem is not the number of movies that get nominated. The problem is the movies they nominate.
The problem is not the number of movies that get nominated. The problem is the movies they nominate.
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9:31PM on 03/05/2015

Heres an idea...

Either stop picking fuckin movies that don't even deserve the attention, or just drop academy awards in general. I hate that they never give sci-fi or horror a chance. Even if they go to 5 films it'll still be shit. Chance things up make it more interesting I haven't liked the oscars for so many years I remember when it used to be so much fun. Now its so damn boring.
Either stop picking fuckin movies that don't even deserve the attention, or just drop academy awards in general. I hate that they never give sci-fi or horror a chance. Even if they go to 5 films it'll still be shit. Chance things up make it more interesting I haven't liked the oscars for so many years I remember when it used to be so much fun. Now its so damn boring.
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8:13PM on 03/04/2015
The added number of films didn't seem to do anything to help any surprise winners or upsets get named best picture, so it's pretty irrelevant. They could have 2 nominations and have the same result.
The added number of films didn't seem to do anything to help any surprise winners or upsets get named best picture, so it's pretty irrelevant. They could have 2 nominations and have the same result.
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8:07PM on 03/04/2015
I'd like to see them change the categories for best picture; have Best Drama/Historical, Best SciFi/Fantasy, Best Action/Adventure, Best Comedy/Musical, and best Childrens/Animated. That way even movies like John Wick and Guardians then have a legitimate chance at getting a prestigious Academy Award, when usually those genres along with comedy get ignored come awards time, when sometimes they can be easily be better than some of the traditional nominees. If they're honoring achievements in
I'd like to see them change the categories for best picture; have Best Drama/Historical, Best SciFi/Fantasy, Best Action/Adventure, Best Comedy/Musical, and best Childrens/Animated. That way even movies like John Wick and Guardians then have a legitimate chance at getting a prestigious Academy Award, when usually those genres along with comedy get ignored come awards time, when sometimes they can be easily be better than some of the traditional nominees. If they're honoring achievements in film, recognize all genres.
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6:27PM on 03/04/2015

If I remember correctly...

They added more Best Picture nominees after the backlash they got for The Dark Knight snub in 2009, didn't they ?
Anyway, while I enjoy watching the show, everybody knows that the winners are usually the ones who got big support through campaigns from their producers.
They added more Best Picture nominees after the backlash they got for The Dark Knight snub in 2009, didn't they ?
Anyway, while I enjoy watching the show, everybody knows that the winners are usually the ones who got big support through campaigns from their producers.
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6:14PM on 03/04/2015
The good thing about having 10 nominees is that it gives some films a bigger profile. I can guarantee that without their nominations, films like Whiplash or Selma would have NEVER been released here in South America.

Still, even with the expanded field, there's absolutely no suspense to these awards, since in the end it always boils down to two frontrunners (and an already months-in-advance favorite). I wouldn't mind if they went back to five nominees, because the Academy's preferences
The good thing about having 10 nominees is that it gives some films a bigger profile. I can guarantee that without their nominations, films like Whiplash or Selma would have NEVER been released here in South America.

Still, even with the expanded field, there's absolutely no suspense to these awards, since in the end it always boils down to two frontrunners (and an already months-in-advance favorite). I wouldn't mind if they went back to five nominees, because the Academy's preferences won't ever change no matter how many movies they nominate.
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4:32PM on 03/04/2015
While 10 (the original expanded number) was at LEAST one too many, I like that more movies get nominated for Best Picture than just five. The last year was particularly strong with the Best Picture group (though I personally felt Imitation Game only deserved nominations for acting and writing). I have to wonder if Argo would've won Best Picture a few years back if it hadn't made the big list. The Oscars, like 'em or not, matter to people. I personally find it to be the height of banal,
While 10 (the original expanded number) was at LEAST one too many, I like that more movies get nominated for Best Picture than just five. The last year was particularly strong with the Best Picture group (though I personally felt Imitation Game only deserved nominations for acting and writing). I have to wonder if Argo would've won Best Picture a few years back if it hadn't made the big list. The Oscars, like 'em or not, matter to people. I personally find it to be the height of banal, disposable entertainment, and I still like to find out who ACTUALLY won. When they expanded the list, it was a populist move (UP! was nominated for a Best Picture, people!). I think it's good to acknowledge filmmaking even if you don't plan on awarding them (something that actually happened this time across the board--who knew).
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3:19PM on 03/04/2015
So even more can get snubbed? Even with the increase, they still snub movies like "Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows - Part 2" even though it was the top reviewed movie of the year. Actually the HP series never won any academy award, even for costumes, effects, music. (And even though they've had the likes of John Williams, Alan Rickman, Maggie Smith, Alfonso Cuaron, Alexandre Desplat, etc). Fantasy, Horror, Comic-based, Animation still get snubbed.
So even more can get snubbed? Even with the increase, they still snub movies like "Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows - Part 2" even though it was the top reviewed movie of the year. Actually the HP series never won any academy award, even for costumes, effects, music. (And even though they've had the likes of John Williams, Alan Rickman, Maggie Smith, Alfonso Cuaron, Alexandre Desplat, etc). Fantasy, Horror, Comic-based, Animation still get snubbed.
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2:50PM on 03/04/2015

The problem is the voters! Voters who don't even watch the films! Also, this year all 8 Best Picture films won an Oscar, that's an achievement right there!

The problem is the voters of the Academy which are basically a bunch of rich people who don't even watch 1/4 of the films nominated! There's no major surprises anymore. Clean slate, clean slate the voters of the Academy and make it only those who actually completely fill out their ballots.
Keep the more than 5 films nominated, cause hopefully one day we'll have a great film like The Dark Knight or Skyfall finally in the Best Picture category.
This year, if it had been 5 films for Best
The problem is the voters of the Academy which are basically a bunch of rich people who don't even watch 1/4 of the films nominated! There's no major surprises anymore. Clean slate, clean slate the voters of the Academy and make it only those who actually completely fill out their ballots.
Keep the more than 5 films nominated, cause hopefully one day we'll have a great film like The Dark Knight or Skyfall finally in the Best Picture category.
This year, if it had been 5 films for Best Picture I bet you Whiplash (which won 3 Oscars) would not have even made the top 5 cut, which could've played a role in whether voters would've award the film Editing and Sound Mixing over the films which did make the top 5 Best Picture nominees.
Also, this year, all 8 films nominated for Best Picture won an Oscar for something. I don't see a problem here.
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2:17PM on 03/04/2015

It's the new voting system

The last few years they used a different voting system and this, instead of nominating a mixture of the usual with more populist choices, they nominated all Oscar bait for the most part. Take a look at 2008 and 2010 when it was a guaranteed 10 nominees. That system led to movies like District 9 and Inception getting in. Go back to that
The last few years they used a different voting system and this, instead of nominating a mixture of the usual with more populist choices, they nominated all Oscar bait for the most part. Take a look at 2008 and 2010 when it was a guaranteed 10 nominees. That system led to movies like District 9 and Inception getting in. Go back to that
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2:19PM on 03/04/2015
2009, not 2008
2009, not 2008
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1:41PM on 03/04/2015
Stupid
Stupid
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11:30AM on 03/04/2015
They need to start nominating the best movies of the year - regardless of genre, or popularity.
Immitation Game - obvious oscar bait - had a metacritic score of 71 - instead of nominating movies like this, why didn't you nominate Guardians of the Galaxy (76), Lego Movie (83), Snowpiercer (84),

If movies like this were nominated for best picture, they would get their ratings (which is all they care about) people will tune it to see their favorite movies of the year up for best picture. And
They need to start nominating the best movies of the year - regardless of genre, or popularity.
Immitation Game - obvious oscar bait - had a metacritic score of 71 - instead of nominating movies like this, why didn't you nominate Guardians of the Galaxy (76), Lego Movie (83), Snowpiercer (84),

If movies like this were nominated for best picture, they would get their ratings (which is all they care about) people will tune it to see their favorite movies of the year up for best picture. And history proves this - the highest rated Oscar was when a very popluar movie was nominated for lots and won for lots - Titanic
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2:33PM on 03/04/2015
Guardians of The Galaxy nominated for Best Picture? Now that is a joke.
Guardians of The Galaxy nominated for Best Picture? Now that is a joke.
4:44PM on 03/04/2015
Popularity and box office in no way reflect the best films of the year. By that logic, the inexplicable monetary success of the Transformers series would lend themselves to be a nominated films. That is why the People's Choice Awards exist. That is like saying Justin Bieber or Taylor Swift are the best musicians because they sells a ton of albums, it just isn't true. I appreciate films like Guardians of the Galaxy but they don't need awards to get box office. Films that have merit and
Popularity and box office in no way reflect the best films of the year. By that logic, the inexplicable monetary success of the Transformers series would lend themselves to be a nominated films. That is why the People's Choice Awards exist. That is like saying Justin Bieber or Taylor Swift are the best musicians because they sells a ton of albums, it just isn't true. I appreciate films like Guardians of the Galaxy but they don't need awards to get box office. Films that have merit and inform like The Imitation Game need that push for audiences to take notice.
5:02PM on 03/04/2015
I like your idea, in theory, but, the idea that critics' know any better than the Academy is silly, given how much of it is just opinionated. While GOTG is better than Imitation Game for me, the were both excellent, and way better than some of the nominated films (what the fuck is the deal with American Sniper being nominated? It is technically incompetent and laughably dumb)
I like your idea, in theory, but, the idea that critics' know any better than the Academy is silly, given how much of it is just opinionated. While GOTG is better than Imitation Game for me, the were both excellent, and way better than some of the nominated films (what the fuck is the deal with American Sniper being nominated? It is technically incompetent and laughably dumb)
11:25AM on 03/04/2015
So, are they kind of admitting that some nominees have been filler? American Sniper didn't deserve to be nominated, I'm an Eastwood fan, and to me it's his weakest film making since the early 90's. Selma seemed like it was dissed because a "black film won last year", and there is something seriously wrong with people judging visual and technical awards.
So, are they kind of admitting that some nominees have been filler? American Sniper didn't deserve to be nominated, I'm an Eastwood fan, and to me it's his weakest film making since the early 90's. Selma seemed like it was dissed because a "black film won last year", and there is something seriously wrong with people judging visual and technical awards.
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11:49AM on 03/04/2015
So jersey boys was a stronger film than American sniper? GTFO of here
So jersey boys was a stronger film than American sniper? GTFO of here
11:24AM on 03/04/2015
The Oscars are a joke anyway, so......
The Oscars are a joke anyway, so......
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11:15AM on 03/04/2015
I think they're just trying to change this and that just to attract more viewers / ratings. Nothing more, nothing less.
I think they're just trying to change this and that just to attract more viewers / ratings. Nothing more, nothing less.
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11:12AM on 03/04/2015

I prefer a system without rounding up.

Why can't every other category have it too?

They're TOO worried about saving face that they don't realize giving in to people's requests is worse.
Why can't every other category have it too?

They're TOO worried about saving face that they don't realize giving in to people's requests is worse.
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11:06AM on 03/04/2015
Then nominate the right Fking movies. Idiots.
Then nominate the right Fking movies. Idiots.
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10:47AM on 03/04/2015

Since Michael Keaton was robbed...

... I won't care anymore for the Oscars....

" The Oscars : the celebration of mediocrity " (MEL GIBSON)
... I won't care anymore for the Oscars....

" The Oscars : the celebration of mediocrity " (MEL GIBSON)
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10:43AM on 03/04/2015
I think it's a catch-22...some years more tan 5 films stand up against one another in the argument for "best picture", necessitating the inclusion of some genre films, etc. on the other hand, in years with less worthy contenders you get weird numbers (like the 8 from this year) plus when the nomination is the token reward (Selma, natch) it begs the question of what the true point of the awards are.
I think it's a catch-22...some years more tan 5 films stand up against one another in the argument for "best picture", necessitating the inclusion of some genre films, etc. on the other hand, in years with less worthy contenders you get weird numbers (like the 8 from this year) plus when the nomination is the token reward (Selma, natch) it begs the question of what the true point of the awards are.
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