After The Dark Knight was omitted from the list of Best Pictures nominees at the Academy Awards in 2009, the long-running “five nominees only” rule was adjusted, in deference to the fact that a comic book movie was actually great. The playing field was widened to include first ten films, then up to ten films, depending on the percentage of votes it received in a voting process that didn’t seem that complicated, but befuddled all those people who thought The Blind Side was one of the best films of that year. Well, after years of this mucking around, the Academy is ready to bring the nominees back down to only five movies each year.
The cumulative box office grosses of the Best Picture nominees has decreased markedly over the past six years, going roughly from “all the money” the year Avatar was nominated, to just 12 dollars this year for the two matinee tickets sold in Iowa to an elderly couple curious about Boyhood. Combined with the fact that viewership for the ceremony was down 15 percent this year, some are pushing to again restrict the number to five. They argue that the expansion has watered down the prestige of a nomination, because prior to this change Best Picture only went to perfect films like A Beautiful Mind. They also complain that it has extended the length of the Oscars telecast, because again, it was always smooth sailing and over in twenty minutes prior to this alteration.
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