January 14, 2016 at 10:05 am #209586
This is getting silly. Why have 10 options and not use them? Enough is enoughJanuary 14, 2016 at 11:06 am #209588
I still prefer 5, and wonder each year what they would have been. Lately it’s been difficult to tell, but this year seems clear –
Martian may be questionable, but given its strong craft showing, actor and screenplay nominations, it feels like the quintessential best picture but no best director nominee, which was common under the old system.January 14, 2016 at 11:53 am #209589
Best Picture expanded so that blockbusters would be recognized. However, that has failed time and again. PGA nominees Skyfall and Star Trek missed. The final Harry Potter missed with an 87 on Metacritic. Despite The Dark Knight prompting the expansion, The Dark Knight Rises and Interstellar missed. And now The Force Awakens, with its perfect marriage of critical and commercial success, has missed.
Not only did the expansion fail to nominate blockbusters, but it has now failed in another regard. It has failed to counter the academy’s racist tendencies by providing space for Straight Outta Compton.
So what purpose is served by having these extra slots to recognize Bridge of Spies, Brooklyn and The Martian, films that the academy has admitted are not among the year’s best when it comes to directing, editing or cinematography?January 14, 2016 at 12:00 pm #209590
I just wish they’d go back to 5 so I don’t end up raising hopes that films like Carol will get in. The system they have now constantly raises false expectations, and that applies to the blockbusters too. Not to mention Mad Max clearly would have got in a field of 5 anyway.January 14, 2016 at 12:11 pm #209591
It was also theoretically supposed to make room for documentaries (zilch), animated films (spotty) and foreign language films (one). I like that smaller, excellent films like Winter’s Bone and Beasts of the Southern Wild can call themselves Best Picture nominees, but in the end, we all know they’re not competitive. You could also argue that the weighted ballot (necessitated by the expanded list) by definition produces a more middle-of-the-road, consensus winner.January 14, 2016 at 12:14 pm #209592
i think if Star Wars hadn’t been about blowing up another Death Star, it couldve made it in. But the film, while very good, was not as deserving as Other films that also didn’t make it. Straight Outta Compton, Steve Jobs, Creed, & Inside Out were all probably more deserving than Star WarsJanuary 14, 2016 at 12:19 pm #209593
In theory 5-10 is a great idea because you’re only rewarding the best so some years have more best and some years don’t. But, in reality, the number of noms seems pretty random and you still have stuff like ELAIC getting a BP nod with this system (and really 2011 was not a 9 nom year).
So I say yes, either do 10 and fully flesh out the nominees (imagine how much better that list would have been this year with Carol and Compton/Star Wars), or get it back to the prestige of 5. My vote is 10.January 14, 2016 at 2:11 pm #209594
It would be a lot more embarassing and less confusing to just stick with 10 like they were supposed to.January 14, 2016 at 2:15 pm #209595
The “math” thing is a factor as well. I think the way the voting is structured ten might be difficult.
I wouldnt mind seeing it remain at ten, and with a different voting process. Too much work again maybe?January 15, 2016 at 2:57 am #209596
Why not just make it a 5 nominees and have 1 to 5 honorable mentions, who came in 6th-10th? This way, it can achieve what it hopes to achieve without having to nominate a film that everyone knows won’t win…January 15, 2016 at 1:33 pm #209599
I’d rather have 5 than 10. The more films involved, the less prestigious a nomination feels. 5 Awards only the very best. Although this year’s 8 are excellent and very deserving.January 15, 2016 at 1:34 pm #209600
Make it 10.January 15, 2016 at 1:41 pm #209601
I liked 5 nominees. It made them more memorable. Just by reading over the lists as a teen I pretty much could tell you whether a film was a nominee or not when it was shown on TV or wherever.
I still know what was a Best Picture nominee up until they expanded the number. Now there are so many and they just kind of all blur together. I can tell you the nominees in 1978 but I can’t tell you what they all were in 2012.