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  • benutty
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    I think the best thing the Academy could do to fix a number of problems with the race is to no longer announce nominees for Best Picture

    Here’s how:

    Announce nominees as usual, except not for Best Picture. Instead, during final round of voting have members rank their top 10 films of the year as the last question on their ballots. During the telecast, announce the top 5 vote-getters with extended clips of the films. At the end, announce which one is the winner.

    Here’s why:

    1. Curb the impact SAG, DGA and PGA wins have on the race. Without a list of Best Picture nominees, it’s harder for voters to be influenced by the “stats.” Was this year helped by the conversation that the SAG, DGA and PGA wins had effectively narrowed the field of 8 down to only 3? Was it helped last year when the field was narrowed to 2, arguably 1 contender? 

    2. Opens up the other categories to more deserving winners. My guess is that a fair amount of voters default to a BP contender in categories that they’re less familiar with, like Sound. If they no longer had the barometer of “which is nominated for Best Picture?” they’ll either, rightfully, abstain or, better yet, actually consider which one is the most deserving and vote for the best. 

    3. Gives voters more time to consider a wider variety of options in the category. Late-breaking films will now have breathing room to build momentum–for example, this could have greatly enhanced Star Wars chances at being a BP contender this year. 

    4. Being named a contender during the show is an achievement greater than being considered an “also ran” for the 1.5 months between being a nominee and a loser. Brooklyn who? Bridge of Spies what?

    5. Voters are more likely to consider the impact that below-the-lines should have in determining the best of the year. For example, how ludicrous is it that Mad Max: Fury Road is the best in 6 fields, but not one of the pre-destined 3 contenders for a Best Picture win? I imagine that if voters were asked at the end of their ballot to rank their favorite films, after a majority voted for Max in 6 fields, it would probably rank high on their BP ballot, too. Furthermore, the nominees in the non-BP categories will be a big enough statement that encourages voters to seek out the films that are best in craft. Carol, Ex Machina and Sicario suddenly have the cred of their craft that encourages voters to watch them and consider them as options for their final BP ballot.

    I can’t think of a single down side, can you?

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    Riley
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    They just need to go back to five nominees. Nothing good has come from the expanded lineup.

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    24Emmy
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    I can’t think of a single down side, can you?

    Since there’s so many possibilities what if the winning producing team isn’t there to accept the Oscar and we end the night in awkward silence. Not fair to them. They should know in advance.

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    Anonymous
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    Uh, this sounds like something from The Voice or American Idol.

    No thanks.

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    Baby Clyde
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    I agree it sounds horribly gimmicky.

    Just go back to 5 mons. The 10 thing has been a disaster from the start.

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    manakamana
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    I’d say keep it fixed at 10 (I’d rather have some inspired choices get in even if that means some lesser films do too). But even bringing it back to five would be better than the current system which makes no sense.

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    babypook
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    #220042

    This may have had a bigger impact on me if you had left out your biases, which for me made me stop reading.

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    Eddy Q
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    Idealistically benutty’s idea would work (it’s actually crossed my mind before as a ‘what if?’), but it would also alienate both voters and the general public, most of whom only care much about Best Picture and the acting categories. Financially this system could be disastrous.

    As for the expanded lineup, it’s been fun while it’s lasted, but I’m starting to get annoyed with it. It gives us false hope that certain films have a better shot at being nominated than they do, and the attempt to get more blockbusters nominated (and therefore higher ratings), which was the main reason the expanded lineup was implemented in the first place, has been largely unsuccessful. I like the fact that we get to call movies like Amour and Her and The Tree of Life Best Picture nominees, but I don’t think I’d be devastated if they never had been. The minuses far outweigh the pluses in my view. Let’s go back to a clean 5. 

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    Bradley Weir
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    I’d be much happier if the Academy just went back to five nominees. It was so obvious this year that 4 films were far ahead of the rest. And it almost feels a little more prestigous. It would avoid all the ludicrious outcries that they “Only picked 8”

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    RobertPius
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    It used to be memorable when they had 5. I’d see a movie listed to be on TV and know oh that was a Best Picture nominee I have to watch it.

    Since it has gone to so many nominees it is almost impossible to remember what was and wasn’t nominated.  

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    Anonymous
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    Well, I like saying that Saoirse Ronan was the main acting nominee for 2 different Best Picture nominees with great reviews.

    So that’s a plus for me. 

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    Andrew Carden
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    They just need to go back to five nominees. Nothing good has come from the expanded lineup.

    Bingo. My fear is we’re actually more on the brink of expanding the acting categories to 10 nominees a piece.

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    Teridax
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    The Oscars should have gone back to 5 nominees a couple years ago, at least. If the phenomenal and groundbreaking likes of Drive and Bridesmaids can’t get in over the mediocre likes of Extremely Annoying and Incredibly Gross & The f**king Tree of Life, the experiment of expanding the Best Picture number of nominees so more “popular” movies get get in, has failed.

    What about Straight Outta Compton? Or Guardians of the Galaxy?!

    Whiplash & The Help both got ridiculously lucky to be included, and they will be forever remembered as fantastic BP nominees, let alone just plain great movies. But still, less is more, as they say.  😉 

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    Teridax
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    [quote=”thedemonhog”]

    They just need to go back to five nominees. Nothing good has come from the expanded lineup.

    Bingo. My fear is we’re actually more on the brink of expanding the acting categories to 10 nominees a piece.
    [/quote]

    If they do that, then there may finally be no more Oscars, because I believe enough people would lose any remaining trust with them, with a level of pandering that laughably sick.  >:(

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    Teridax
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    #220051

    BP nominees, Acting categories, Makeup/Hair, and all the other categories should have 5 nominees. No more, no less.

    Also, please add categories for Best Casting ( for Casting Directors), Stunt Coordination, Voice-Over Acting, and Comic-Book-to-Film Adaptation ( If TDK & GotG couldn’t get in the BP category, nothing ever will). That will be all, thank you!  🙂

     

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