Thursday, June 25, 2009


BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) - The Academy Awards are doubling the number of best-picture nominees from five to 10.

Academy President Sid Ganis said at a news conference that the academy's board of governors made the decision to expand the slate. Ganis said the decision will open the field up to more worthy films for the top prize at Hollywood's biggest party.

The change takes effect with next year's Oscars on March 7.

Seriously … in recent years have there been more than five movies that deserved to be nominated? Most years, I can’t even think of five good movies. Hollywood loves to choose ponderously boring movies that show they are “serious artists”. Give me a break. Just make a movie that has less than 3 chase scenes, no high tech explosions and some story telling logic.

1939 is considered the greatest year in movie history. The nominated films for Best Movie were: Wuthering Heights (Lawrence Oliver version), Goodbye Mr. Chips, Stagecoach (John Wayne’s first big screen starring role), Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (Jimmy Stewart classic) and Ninotchka (Greta Garbo in one of the best romantic comedies you’ll ever see.)

Who won? The envelope please.

Not so fast. See, during the 1930s and 40s they nominated more than five films. 1939 was also the year of Dark Victory, one of Bette Davis’ tour-de-force movies. Which didn’t win because it was also the year we got Of Mice and Men. Which didn’t win because was also the same year of The Wizard of Oz. Which didn’t really matter, because the movie of the year was named Gone With The Wind.

Think we’re going to be able to find 10 movies half that good this year? Well, if Ted Kennedy is not a convicted murderer, Barney Frank is still a Congressman, and a geeky governor like Mark Sanford can have an Argentinian lover ... then I guess anything is possible.

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