Just two years after expanding the best picture nominees from five to 10, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has changed the rules again.
The governors of the academy voted Tuesday to make is possible for between five and ten films to be nominated. For a film to receive a nod, it must receive at least 5 percent of the first-place votes cast on nomination ballots. The number of nominees won’t be revealed until the nominations are announced in January.
“We’ve been looking not just at what happened over the past two years, but at what would have happened if we had been selecting 10 nominees for the past 10 years,” Academy President Tom Sherak said in a news release.
“In studying the data, what stood out was that Academy members had regularly shown a strong admiration for more than five movies,” said Bruce Davis, the academy’s retiring executive director. “A Best Picture nomination should be an indication of extraordinary merit. If there are only eight pictures that truly earn that honor in a given year, we shouldn’t feel an obligation to round out the number.”