Two years ago the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences doubled the number of best-picture contenders from five to ten. Yesterday its board passed new eligibility rules that would yield anywhere between five and ten nominees in the best-picture category.
Instead of nominating ten films that received first-place votes on the initial ballot, the Academy will nominate films that receive at least 5 per cent of first-place votes.
Good idea? Bad idea? Does having best-picture nominees with a certain threshold of Academy support make the race more exciting? I'm agnostic on this one, although I see the rule changes as a way to make the horserace less predictable. .