After expanding the Best Picture field from five to 10 for the past two years, the academy announced Tuesday that this year’s slate of contenders will number somewhere between those two numbers. To reap a bid, a film will have to garner at least 5% of the overall first place votes.
Had this system been in place between 2001 and 2008, there would never have been 10 nominees. Rather, the academy revealed there would have been between five and nine contenders.
Bruce Davis, the outgoing academy executive director, explained the change in a statement: “If there are only eight pictures that truly earn that honor in a given year, we shouldn’t feel an obligation to round out the number.”
Interestingly, eight was the number proposed by Bill Condon and Larry Mark who produced the 2008 Oscars. That was how many that were nominated at the 5th Academy Awards back in 1932; “Grand Hotel” won Best Picture. However, the academy board went with an even 10, which had been the slate of Best Picture nominees from the ninth to the 16th years of the Oscars.
Nominations will be announced Jan. 24 with the ceremony announcing the winners of the 84th annual Academy Awards on Feb. 26.
Can’t wait for the Oscar race to heat up? Till then try your hand at predicting the nominees for the 63rd annual Emmy Awards. Those contenders will be announced July 14 with the kudocast airing on FOX on Sept. 18.