The AMPAS announced today that there will a total of ten nominees up for best picture next year. Not since 1943 has there been this many up for the nomination, this could add a bit more interest in the award show but it could add a bunch of movies that really don’t deserve to be in the running in the first place. I’m not sure what they’re trying to accomplish here. This year’s award show was pretty good, hosted by Hugh Jackman…I enjoyed it. They need to bring that same energy to the new show, and it’s not going to cut it by just adding more nominees. Here’s what Academy President Sid Ganis had to say about the change:

“Having 10 Best Picture nominees is going allow Academy voters to recognize and include some of the fantastic movies that often show up in the other Oscar categories, but have been squeezed out of the race for the top prize. I can’t wait to see what that list of ten looks like when the nominees are announced in February.”