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10 is the new 5 this year.

  1. Stevennix2001 profile image82
    Stevennix2001posted 7 years ago

    In an effort to boost ratings, the academy award is nominating 10 movies for "Best Picture" this year, versus it's normal 5.  Personally, I think it's a mistake since part of the prestige of getting nominated is that it's relatively so hard to even get nominated; let alone win it.  Now with the nomination going up to ten, it basically means any movie that's halfway decent can probably get a nomination.  However, I thought, i'd open up this forum to get your thoughts on the matter at hand.

  2. Stevennix2001 profile image82
    Stevennix2001posted 7 years ago

    personally, i think the academy is making a mistake by doing this.

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      Ghost32posted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Personally, I think the academy IS a mistake.  But then, I'm no big fan of the Nobel Peace Prize, either...at least not this year.

      1. Stevennix2001 profile image82
        Stevennix2001posted 7 years ago in reply to this

        neither am i.  i didn't even know they still had those still.

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    Crazdwriterposted 7 years ago

    10? that is too many no one is going to want to sit through all 10 nominations.

    1. Stevennix2001 profile image82
      Stevennix2001posted 7 years ago in reply to this

      yeah, i thought the same thing too.  however, from  what i've been reading on yahoo, and entertainment weekly, it turns out the academy awards are losing ratings because not as many people are invested into the films that get nominated.  therefore, they think if more films are nominated, then there's a chance at least one of the movies will have people emotionally invested into it again.  at least that's their official excuse about it.

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        Crazdwriterposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        phft! lame excuse...they just want more viewers but once they see that 10 is a bad number because everyone'll be changing the channel they'll put it back to 5..I hope

        1. Stevennix2001 profile image82
          Stevennix2001posted 7 years ago in reply to this

          yeah, i hope so too.  i just think it's sad on their parts.

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            Crazdwriterposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            very sad...are they THAT bored? lmao

            1. Stevennix2001 profile image82
              Stevennix2001posted 7 years ago in reply to this

              lol.  i guess so.  according to the nielsen ratings, last year the academy had an all time low when it came viewers watching, so they're desparate right now. lol

  4. mel22 profile image59
    mel22posted 7 years ago

    I think so too, but honestly I never agreed with their nominations in the first place so this would edge in movies that are more my style. They always end up picking some crazy drama I never saw then when I do i'm like" Really, this won an academy award or nomination ?"

    1. Stevennix2001 profile image82
      Stevennix2001posted 7 years ago in reply to this

      lol.  yeah, i think the academy needs to get a new panel of judges as it seems they're starting to lose touch with american audiences.  plus, i was reading last year how a lot of fans and critics were upset that "dark knight" wasn't nominated in best picture.  sadly, the academy awards dismissed because of its' source.  plus, why are they getting alec baldwin and steve martin as hosts this year.  don't get me wrong, i like both of them, but they're not as popular as they used to be, so why are they hosting?  this is why they need new blood in there.

  5. Cagsil profile image59
    Cagsilposted 7 years ago

    Sounds foolish and degrading to other Actors and Actresses. smile

  6. Garnet Greene profile image60
    Garnet Greeneposted 7 years ago

    It's a shame that a show that is supposed to be about recognizing talent is manipulated to boost ratings. If they can't get big ratings then it shouldn't be on TV. It wasn't always on tv...

  7. Stevennix2001 profile image82
    Stevennix2001posted 7 years ago

    yeah, everyone here makes some valid points.

    1. Friendlyword profile image61
      Friendlywordposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Tell me what the top five should be.

      1. Stevennix2001 profile image82
        Stevennix2001posted 7 years ago in reply to this

        that's a very good question.  if it were up to me i would nominate these five films alone.

        1. Avatar
        2. Precious
        3. Inglourious Basterds
        4. The Hurt Locker
        5. The Messenger

        those would be my nominations if i could pick them out myself.

        1. Friendlyword profile image61
          Friendlywordposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          Your Right! Either Avatar or Precious. And I'm predicting THE BOOK OF ELI for next year!

          1. Stevennix2001 profile image82
            Stevennix2001posted 7 years ago in reply to this

            we'll have to wait and see.  it might have some competition with "Shutter Island" next year as we both know scorsese is a great director. 

            as far as this year is concerned, i think precious should get the best picture nod though.  i think the story content is vastly deeper than a lot of the films i just mentioned.  however, i have a feeling due to the academy awards fears of lack of ratings, they're going to give it to avatar.  not saying it doesn't deserve it, but i have a feeling that since avatar is the most financially successful film of 2009, they're going to pick the choice that's more popular among the public.

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          JBunceposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          Haven't seen either "Avatar" or "The Messenger" yet, but all of the other three are on my bestof the year list, Friendlyword. In fact, "Hurt Locker" is my number one.


          And personally, I think that while there are always some movies that get shafted by the five-movie nomination, I still think they're going to have trouble coming up with a full ten Oscar worthy titles every year.

  8. Friendlyword profile image61
    Friendlywordposted 7 years ago

    Can I ask you; since you might keep up with such things, what the helll happened to John Travolta's hair?  That is just wrong!!!

    1. Stevennix2001 profile image82
      Stevennix2001posted 7 years ago in reply to this

      lol. i have no idea honestly. i think it might be a toupee since in his movie that's coming out this year, he plays a bald guy, so it wouldn't surprise me if he shaved his head and now wears a toupee.

  9. dave272727 profile image59
    dave272727posted 7 years ago

    You are forgetting one of the best films of the year.  The Blindside.  Hands down the best movie of the year.  Touching, funny, heart-warming, and awesome.  I haven't seen Avatar yet.  I haven't seen The Messengers either.

    1. Stevennix2001 profile image82
      Stevennix2001posted 7 years ago in reply to this

      yeah, your right "blindside" is a great movie. which is why i think sandra bullock should get the best actress nod this year for that role if it were up to me.  however, i think the only flaw with that movie was that it was too  reminiscent to a lot of other movies where a kid(s) would come from a troubled past.  only to redeem himself and his past through football like "gridiron gang" and other such films.

      1. dave272727 profile image59
        dave272727posted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Unlike Gridiron Gang, Blindside was/is a true story.  Check out the Baltimore Ravens lineup for the last game.  Michael Oher is a starting player in the NFL.

        1. Stevennix2001 profile image82
          Stevennix2001posted 7 years ago in reply to this

          i know it's based off a real life story.  heck, i think i saw hbo do a behind the scenes thing for the film, so i know it's about michael oher's life as a teenager when he meets his foster mother.  however, so was gridiron gang. that film was also based on a real life story too.  just look it up on imdb.com

  10. Stevennix2001 profile image82
    Stevennix2001posted 7 years ago

    although, if it were up to me, i think jay leno should host this  year's academy award since he had to move to a different time slot and give up his tonight show, to honor him.  just a thought.

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    lyricsingrayposted 7 years ago

    lol

  12. Daniel Carter profile image90
    Daniel Carterposted 7 years ago

    Wow. 10 noms. That's baaaaaaaaad.

    Maybe part of the reason is that so many independent films over the past few years are getting some pretty big kudos, and they're trying to be more inclusive. But honestly, it's not that I believe the Academy is all bad, but there is just so much ego stroking, and "aren't we all so beautiful and important, and aren't I just the bee's knees talking about all my favorite causes?" It's just too much. They take an awards platform and turn it to a personal agenda any chance they get, and I for one am tired of it.

    5 noms is enough. There aren't enough truly great movies in a year to get past that number. And as popular as "Avatar" has been, I think it had an absolutely STUPID script and a lot of nonstellar performances but just a LOT of hype and great special effects. I hated that movie and was really looking forward to it. It could be nominated for best special effects, but surely nothing else. ICK.

    1. Stevennix2001 profile image82
      Stevennix2001posted 7 years ago in reply to this

      I don't disagree.  although I liked avatar, I think the script and dialogue could've been a bit better.  however, i thought it made up for it with a lot of strong themes and character development. however, i have a deep feeling that if the academy is so concerned about ratings, they might give that film the award for best picture in order to draw in ratings.  due to it's tremendous popularity right now.

  13. jellydonut25 profile image60
    jellydonut25posted 7 years ago

    Avatar winning Best Picture would just FURTHER invalidate the Academy to me...

    I walked out of that movie thinking it was "pretty good" and I don't believe it's ANYTHING more than that. In fact, I'd be willing to bet that if I'd seen it in 2D on my TV I would have thought it SUCKED.

  14. Windsweptplains profile image82
    Windsweptplainsposted 7 years ago

    I don't like the idea of having 10 films nominated for best picture. I think it will dumb down the competition.

    I also couldn't say what film should win this year. The Blind Side looks awesome and Avatar has great special effects, but I don't believe they are the best films of the year. Also it's usually a matter of personal opinion. What appeals to one person may not appeal to another. I have a tendency to disagree with the Academy's choices.

  15. Stevennix2001 profile image82
    Stevennix2001posted 7 years ago

    just thought i"d bump up this topic since the academy awards is coming up soon

  16. jellydonut25 profile image60
    jellydonut25posted 7 years ago

    It's still a terrible idea...

    the academy only did this because they caught a lot of flak for overlooking Dark Knight, Wall-E and The Wrestler last year, so they are just trying to appease people

    the five films that are nominated without a Best Director nomination as well have ZERO chance of winning

    they are just in there so nobody can complain that animated films like Up get no respect or that the Academy is too "stuffy" to ever give recognition to a film like District 9...

  17. Flightkeeper profile image72
    Flightkeeperposted 7 years ago

    I think five is too little but 10 is too much.  Maybe they should've settled for 7.  I thought there was a bumper crop of good pictures.  But that doesn't happen every year.

  18. Stevennix2001 profile image82
    Stevennix2001posted 7 years ago

    personally, i think it kind of dilludes the allure of the academy awards if anything.  as part of it's mystique was that even if the movie was good, it's hard enough just to get nominated.  let alone win it.  however, with 10 nominations instead of 5, it just makes it easy for any film that's halfway decent to get nominated.  seriously, it's a bad idea.  plus, i don't agree with a few of their picks to be honest.

  19. rebekahELLE profile image88
    rebekahELLEposted 7 years ago

    7 is a good number, 10 takes away for me, like you said, it takes away part of the mystique.

    I know which one I would love to win, but who knows. avatar will most likely sweep. Cameron is up against his ex with The Hurt Locker.

    anything for more viewers?

  20. Stevennix2001 profile image82
    Stevennix2001posted 7 years ago

    hmmm..i guess we'll have to see how this experiment works out.  lol.

  21. cynical1 profile image56
    cynical1posted 7 years ago

    just because they oouldnt make up their minds, doesnt mean the academy needs to change its history or orinigal concept. if it aint broke dont fix it, its worked for 60 plus years. but thats the nature of new hollywood these days, forget old hollywood and the glamour days when hollywood had class. i used to be such a fan of movies and the oscars, now its like bah humbug, the award doesnt mean anything anymore. way to go hollywood.

    1. Stevennix2001 profile image82
      Stevennix2001posted 6 years ago in reply to this

      I can't say I don't disagree.  However, I guess it seems the Academy is going to do what it wants anyway.

 
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