And then there were ten

Big news today: the Academy announced the number of Best Picture nominees will be increased from 5 to 10! See the press release on the website.

This actually isn’t as heretical as it may sound. Until 1943, the number of nominees for Best Picture varied, with Casablanca winning over nine other films at the 16th Academy Awards.

For me, it means there will be even more movies to see in that brief interlude between the announcement of the nominations, and the ceremony itself. For this reason, and many others, this humble scribe would love to see the ceremony move back to late March or early April.

But that’s a topic for another time. In the interim, here’s hoping for a perfect “10” this year.

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