The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences announced its Best Picture nominees for this season’s Academy Awards®. Tuesday, January 24 only 9 pictures were cleared for the annual cinematic award blitz readying for broadcast this upcoming month.
The year’s nominations opined the Academy’s inaugural ruling instilling a 5 to 10 pictures nominees’ list ordinate in first rank by voted choice; the selections complemented by feature interest and entertainment throe.
Previous AMPAS tally of 10 features to make the grade two 2 years ago, from 5 films to pass industry muster 5 years earlier; the Academy has redefined its broadening of theatrical spectrum.
The AMPAS’ choice to expand feature categories previously to 10 allowed for genres including the action film opportunity to make headway for the Oscars® bid.
This Awards season Hollywood sects laud the year’s features in current selection— amidst below the line sentiment expressing query why less product-packaged films without industry influence should not pierce the Awards veil with equanimity.
AMPAS president Tom Sherak commended, “Remember, we knew way back when we started doing 10 movie nominations for three years that there was a group that felt it should be less than 10, that it should be five again. But this way the Academy members told us what it should be. We didn’t tell them. I think that’s a great thing, and I’m really proud of the Academy for us coming up with that and the board going along with it. The members gave us nine movies, not the Academy, and I think that’s a good thing for us.”
Academy prexy Tom Sherak aligned veteran Oscars® host Billy Crystal and producer Brian Grazer to continue the year’s Awards and program after original seat Brett Ratner’s departure.
While the 83rd edition of the Academy Awards saw predictable wins and less viewer attention, Oscars® show co-producer Don Mischer said he is enthusiastic about the Awards season’s newest contenders.
“When we got to the nine nominated films this morning, the first thing that popped to my mind was we’re gonna have a very electric audience. I think when we go on the air there’s gonna be some uncertainty about who is gonna win. One of the worst things that can happen to us is by the time we get to Oscar® time after a long run of awards shows that there is no horse race and everyone knows who is going to win in major categories,” Mischer expressed. “That makes it harder for us as producers to create an interesting show, but I think it is not gonna be that way this year… The fact is until this morning the gun had not sounded. So we are now in the race, and we have four weeks to pull it all together. This is when the fun starts.”
Features passing the grade for the Oscars® running in queue, including 2 U.S.-French collaborative efforts, The Artist and Midnight in Paris for Best Picture:
February 26, 2012 the Oscars® airs on ABC network, live; tune in to the debut episode of Oscar Dailies at Oscar.com from Oscar Insider.