In a surprisingly effective move to increase anticipation and competition, AMPAS has announced that the Best Picture category at next year’s Oscars will be expanded from five to TEN nominees.
From 1932 to 1943, the category spanned ten films but switched to five in 1944. The change will “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” said academy President Sid Ganis according to The Envelope
The move reflects many other Critics Awards which nominate a ‘Top Ten’ list of film titles as well as a ‘Best Picture’ winner. The nominations will be announced February 2nd.