Oscars Double Best-Picture Nominees, to 10

It'll give more films a chance: Academy
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Jun 24, 2009 2:50 PM CDT
Producer Christian Colson, joined by the film's cast and crew, accepts the Oscar after the film "Slumdog Millionaire" won best motion picture this year.   (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
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(Newser) – Next year’s Academy Awards will feature 10 contenders for Best Picture, up from five, the Los Angeles Times reports, a return to how the show ran in 1932-43. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences “is returning to some of its earlier roots, when a wider field competed for the top award,” its academy president says.

The move 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,” Sid Ganis added. The move comes after the Emmys expanded many of its categories from five to six nominations.