In an attempt to jazz up the Academy Awards, the organizers decided a few months ago that there should be 10 nominees for Best Picture this year, not the usual paltry five.
This was clearly a way to sneak some wildly popular titles into the category rather than just have five esteemed works no one’s seen except a bunch of critics who didn’t pay.
Well, newsflash, it’s backfiring. Thanks to this new rule, they’re going to be stuck with 10 obscure art films no one’s heard of!
Well, eight anyway. At least there’ll be the very popular Up and the sure-to-be-successful Up In The Air.
But the rest of the likely nominees don’t have Up in the title or kazillions of people putting money down to see them.
We’re talking films like Precious, An Education, The Hurt Locker, and on and on until the opening medley is going to be the longest trip to obscurity since the interpretive dance to the music from Saving Private Ryan.
They’re all successful films that found an audience, mind you–they’re just not the kind of blockbusters the Oscars were probably hoping would sneak in and pump up ratings.
Sorry, folks. The 10-picture thing should have ended for good in 1943.