The Associated Press reported Wednesday that the academy board of governors has decided there were more than five films last year that deserved best-picture consideration. These included The Dark Knight and WALL-E, which were snubbed when it came to best picture nominations despite being among the most talked-about films in years.
Academy voters often have overlooked “big box-office successes that also were really big artistic successes,” Christine Birch, an academy member and head of marketing for DreamWorks, told the AP. “Those weren’t deemed quote-unquote ‘academy’ movies. This gives those movies an opportunity to not have to fall by the wayside.”
Two of this year’s best-reviewed movies, Paramount’s sci-fi adventure Star Trek and Disney and Pixar Animation’s animated tale Up, now have better odds of best-picture nominations, she said in the AP story.
And yet, there still can be only one winner. …
The decision is no doubt a cunning play to boost the ceremony’s TV ratings by returning to Oscar traditions of the 1930s and ’40s, when a best-picture field of 10 or more films was common. It could also lead to a cash infusion for movie studios, who use the nominations to get more screen time and for DVD promotion.
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