Oscars expand the best-picture race to 10 films. Huh, what? (via LBangs)
I'm game, especially if it brings more good films to the public eye. Looking at the ten films that score screenplay nominations each year, I have some hope...
Yeah, they must be doing this to help the Oscar race attract more viewers. Now the average moviegoer will be less likely to say, "That sucks that Well-Made Popular Acclaimed Film wasn't nominated, so what do I care about watching now?"
Whatever, I'm down for something different. I did read a really great opinion piece back in March or so about how the best way to shake up the Oscars and attract more viewers would be to list the actual vote totals one by one, so we drag out the suspense of each award a little more, and we get to see how close each race is. That I would totally support.
I honestly can't decide if I like this development or not.
On the one hand, I imagine that a lot of films that everyone usually says should get a nomination probably will. For example, if this rule had been in place last year, I'm positive that The Dark Knight and WALL-E would've gotten in.
On the other hand, this might just be overkill that diminishes the already questionable prestige the nominees will be granted.
In either case, there'll be more movies on my to-see list.