We should all thank the Academy for its decision to double the number of Best Picture nominees next year, writes Lane Brown in New York. A few reasons why:
- More “crowd-pleasing hits” will be in the running, meaning a ratings jump—which in turn means more exposure for the lesser-known gems.
- Comedies will finally get a chance to take center stage.
- We’ll see more Oscar campaigning, meaning more ad money: “Journalism, consider yourself saved.”
So if the 10-nominee rule had been in place this year, what would the other five nominees have been? Kyle Buchanan ventures a guess for Movieline:
- Wall-E and The Dark Knight, both huge and well-liked.
- Doubt, which had all its main actors nominated.
- The Wrestler, which boasted a “passionate fanbase in the Academy.”
- Vicky Cristina Barcelona, which could have gotten a big push from the Weinstein Company.