Just last year The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences had changed the rule to guarantee 10 movies to be nominated for Best Picture, instead of just 5. Now for 2012 there will be some flexibility as, there can be anywhere from 5 to 10 movies up for the Oscar. Fearing that in a down year having to nominate at least 10 movies may dilute the process by having movies they may otherwise not deserve the nomination.
They don’t want to just fill out the field. A film will now need a minimum of 5% of first-place votes to be nominated for the best picture. The Academy says that this new procedure adds “a new element of surprise,” The actual number of nominees will be announced in January when all Oscar nominations are announced.
Last year movies such as UP & Toy Story May not have received the nominations under this years rule due to the fact, there is a Best Animated Feature category. Furthermore, nominees will have an eligibility period of more than 12 months, this year only. As the nomination period will be September 1st, 2010 to December 31th, 2011.
The nomination announcements will be on January 24th, 2012. The ceremony itself is set for Feb. 26, 2012. That date is also a slight change as it has been moved closer to the beginning of the year, recommended to the Academy for years as a way to bring relevance and combat the viewer erosion brought on by the myriad of other award shows.
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