The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science announced late Tuesday some major changes to its nominating process. A few years after widening the scope of the race by doubling the list of nominees from five to ten films, the governors have decided that the number of nominees will be merit based, with at least 5% of first place vote being required to capture a nomination. Hit the jump to read the rest of the story.
This year, the biggest Oscar surprise may come on nomination day. Or maybe it won’t. And to the Academy in charge of these things, that’s the entire point.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science announced late Tuesday some major changes to its nominating process, including a revamping of its Best Picture category. A few years after widening the scope of the race by doubling the list of nominees from five to ten films, the governors have decided that the number of nominees will be merit based, with at least 5% of first place vote being required to capture a nomination.
Under the new guidelines, there will be a minimum of five nominees and a maximum of ten. The number of nominees will be announced alongside the actual nomination announcement, meaning filmmakers, studios and fans will be in the dark up until the last minute.
The Academy announced a number of other changes, as well, including new guidelines for animation categories.
Read the full release from the Academy below:
The governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted on Tuesday (6/14) to add a new twist to the 2011 Best Picture competition, and a new element of surprise to its annual nominations announcement. The Board voted to institute a system that will now produce anywhere between five and 10 nominees in the category. That number wonâ€™t be announced until the Best Picture nominees themselves are revealed at the January nominations announcement.
With the help of PricewaterhouseCoopers, weâ€™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, explained Academy President Tom Sherak, who noted that it was retiring Academy executive director Bruce Davis who recommended the change first to Sherak and incoming CEO Dawn Hudson and then to the governors.
During the period studied, the average percentage of first place votes received by the top vote-getting movie was 20.5. After much analysis by Academy officials, it was determined that 5% of first place votes should be the minimum in order to receive a nomination, resulting in a slate of anywhere from five to 10 movies.