The 2010 Oscars will make history by increasing the number of movie nominees considered this year.
According to a June 24, 2009 article titled “Oscar Expands Best Picture Race to 10 Nominees,” on the TV Guide website, the Oscars have not nominated so many movies in one year since the ’30s and ’40s, when eight to 12 movies were nominated annually.
In fact, 1943 was the last year in which 10 films competed for the coveted statue, according to the article, with 1944 heralding in the five nominee list. Now, in 2010, that pattern is reversing. But will 10 nominees present too many complications for the industry?
We will just have to wait and see.
2010 Oscar Best Motion Picture Nominees
The ten movies nominated for an Oscar this year include, “A Serious Man (2 nominations total), An Education (3),
Avatar–with nine total Oscar nominations, Blind Side (2), District 9 (4), Inglourious Basterds (8), Precious (8), The Hurt Locker–also boasting nine total Oscar nominations, Up (5) and Up in the Air,” with 6 total Oscar nominations.
Category Increase: Is it Effective?
So much money, time, and talent go into the making of a movie, sometimes spanning more than a year to create. Therefore, it would seem that only nominating five movies per year does a disservice to the men and women who work tirelessly to produce entertainment for the masses.
So, the increase in Oscar movie nominations will serve to make the entire process more participant-friendly. It will effectively boost morale of competing actors, actresses, directors, and producers who joined together to produce a finished product that they are proud of and desire to have recognized publicly.
But Are All Ten Oscar Movie Nominations Deserving?
Given the tremendous amount of time, money, and effort expended to produce each movie, it goes without saying that any nomination is deserving, even if the viewer did not enjoy or agree with the movie produced. All efforts in making movies, or any other activity pursued in life is ‘deserving’ if it requires hard work and financing on the part of anyone.
Favorites to Win
Boasting a female leading lady that has already captured the attention of Americans everywhere this year and last, as well as snagged some honors already in 2010, “Blind Side” is a favorite to win. Sandra Bullock and “Blind Side” are seemingly joined at the hip and as she goes, so shall it: taking home the honors, we presume.
Another favorite, and with nine total nominations no less, is Avatar. Definitely a contender for the big prizes too.
TV Guide.com: Oscar Expands Best Picture Race to 10 Nominees
Oscar.go.com: Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences – Nominations by Category – 82nd Awards