When the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences shook it up two years ago by widening the field of Best Picture nominees to 10, it really was an experiment of sorts. And with experimentation comes change.
The Academy announced today that after a meeting with the Board of Governors, there will be a change of voting when it comes to Best Picture, and with it a possibly reduced number of movies in contention.
Here's how it will work: Academy voters will rank their 10 favorite films from 1 to 10. Those movies that get at least 5 percent of the "1" vote will get a Best Picture nomination. But here's the change: the number of nominees will stop at the number of films that get that essential 5 percent. So, if only five films get that vote, only five films will be nominated. If 10 do, then 10 will be nominated.
What's certain is this: the Best Picture field from now on will feature between five and 10 films. And it will likely come in somewhere in the middle, around seven or eight, depending on the vote.
The change comes amid criticism that some years just don't merit having 10 nominees. After all, this is not 1939, when 'Gone With the Wind' and 'The Wizard of Oz' made up a list of 10 that would be worthy in any year.
The system may not really affect which movie ultimately wins the prize, although you never know. Last year's winner was 'The King's Speech.'
What do you think? Does the new system seem like a reasonable compromise?