Doubling Best-Pic Nominations a Winning Move
Dark Knight , Wall-E would have been in running
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jun 25, 2009 12:48 PM CDT
In this image released by the Weinstein Co., Rebecca Hall, left, and Scarlett Johansson star in Woody Allen's "Vicky Cristina Barcelona."   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – 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.