February 27, 2013 at 10:44 pm #93735
What do you think?
This year the rule helped Django and Les Miss make it in-both blockbusters of a different sense, but it also helped Beasts and Amour. Tree of Life and A Serious Man were helped in the past?
Has the move payed off? Should it go back to 5?
Statements from the Academy:
“Having 10 Best Picture nominees is going to allow Academy voters to recognize and include some of the fantastic movies that often show up in the other Oscar categories but have been squeezed out of the race for the top prize”
“A Best Picture nomination should be an indication of extraordinary merit. 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 ”February 27, 2013 at 11:30 pm #93737
Having up to ten is the best decision.
There was a movie in the BP race for everyone this year and most were good (except for Les Mis).February 27, 2013 at 11:31 pm #93738
I like the “up to 10” rule. It allows for more flexibilities, especially in a packed year like this one. However, I do have to admit that it cheapens the category, especially when they include duds of the year like Extremely Loud, The Blindside, The Help (Yeah, the Help was a dud, like it or not) and to an extent, Les Miserables. Seriously, people voted for these movies to be in a “best-of” list? Jesus Christ…February 27, 2013 at 11:44 pm #93739
Extremely Loud and Blind Side were NOT duds. The Help was borderline…
Les Miz could easily have won Best Pic, and deserved to.February 27, 2013 at 11:54 pm #93740
Sorry, not only did “Extremely Loud” and “The Blind Side” get mixed reviews, from having seen both, I can honestly tell you they weren’t very good, and not remotely Oscar nomination worthy. “The Help” is borderline with the reviews mostly favourable with a significant amount of mix or average reviews, and failed to perform well with the nominations, if I remember correctly. I personally didn’t like it; the only redeeming qualities were Octavia Spencers and Jessica Chastain. “Les Miz” is kinda hard, because I understand why it got the nomination but at the same time, I didn’t really enjoy watching it (It was quite painful to hear one continuous song that took 3 hours to sing) and its reviews were very mixed early on.February 28, 2013 at 5:22 am #93741
Absolutely should go back to five. Thought from the very beginning that the expansion cheapened the category, and it was hard enough back in the days of five nominees to scrape up five WORTHY films to fill the slots.February 28, 2013 at 6:41 am #93742
I’m fine with the “up to 10” rule. Some great films have been included that might not have had a legitimate shot in the BP field otherwise.February 28, 2013 at 7:36 am #93743
I think they should go back to five. It would make it more prestigious and competitive. Not to mention, despite what they may claim, they only made the change in order to attract more viewers, and it’s not like the ratings are that higher, so what’s the point?February 28, 2013 at 7:56 am #93744
“An Education is a 2009 British coming-of-age drama film, based on a memoir of the same name by British journalist Lynn Barber. (…) The film was nominated for three Academy Awards in 2009 including Best Picture (…)”
“Up is a 2009 American 3D computer-animated comedy–adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and directed by Pete Docter. (…) The film received five Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture (…)”
“Inception is a 2010 English-language science fiction thriller film written, co-produced, and directed by Christopher Nolan. It won Academy Awards (…) and was also nominated for four more: Best Picture (…)
“Amour (pronounced: [a.muÊ]; French for “Love”) is a 2012 French-language drama film written and directed by the Austrian filmmaker Michael Haneke, starring Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva and Isabelle Huppert. It won the Best Foreign Language Oscar at the 85th Academy Awards, and was nominated in four other categories: Best Picture (…)
I’d say keep it as it isFebruary 28, 2013 at 8:00 am #93745
I like the “up to ten” rule too. It adds some interest and suspense, and I like the idea that films that have at least some pocket of passionate support have a shot.February 28, 2013 at 8:16 am #93746
If they keep it at 10, then they should get rid of the weighted ballot system. Toy Story 3 and Up were able to get in when this wasn’t the case, but the last 2 years kept Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 and, especially, Skyfall out of the BP lineup when they had real shots to make it in due to lack of #1 votes. Otherwise, I would go to back to 5February 28, 2013 at 9:00 am #93747
Back to 5. I love that movies like Up and Django Unchained got in because of this, but honestly 5 makes it more tight and tense, and it’s not alloting filler/fluff like Blind Side, Extremley Loud & Incredibly Close and A Serious Man to fall in lineups they don’t deserve to.
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FYC: Derbyite of the Year, 2017February 28, 2013 at 9:34 am #93748
Go back to 5. Please. Those duds (and yes they were duds) cheapen the category and make the Academy even more of a laughing stock.February 28, 2013 at 9:42 am #93749
Back to 5, but I wouldn’t mind them going 6-7 at max. It’s how they vote and the whole process (so to avoid unworthy movies) that needs a change.