10 Best Picture Nominees for Oscar From Now On
JUNE 24, 2009 - The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that there will be 10 nominees for the Best Picture category when nominations for the 82nd Annual Academy Awards are announced on February 2, 2010.
Academy president Sid Ganis said the move as a "return to the past" when AMPAS spread its list to 10 - and sometimes more - Best Picture nominees.
While the Academy hasn't nominated 10 films since 1943, momentum for the course correction grew out of this year's Oscar show. In their post-show review, they encouraged the Academy to consider opening up the Best Picture category, and the committee that reviewed the show recommended it to the board, which approved the change with no opposition.
The move came in the wake of the howls of outrage from fans of last year's "The Dark Knight," which earned eight nominations but didn't crack the Best Picture circle. Arguably, a wider field of nominees would have included that movie.