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The Rules Have Changed! Oscars Will Now Feature 5 To 10 Best Picture Nominees!

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Listen up, filmmakers! You're gonna have to EARN your place in the Best Picture category from here on out.

While the 10 nominees for Best Picture have been pretty solid for the past two years, films are going to have to be EVEN better to make the cut, because according to new rules, there will now be 5 to 10 nominees each year.

Another notable change is that the Best Animated Feature category will feature four nominees in years with 13 to 15 qualifying films…although this doesn't really matter as long as Pixar continues to make films. Ha!

Here's what retiring Academy executive director Bruce Davis had to say about the Best Picture category changes:

“In studying the data, what stood out was that Academy members had regularly shown a strong admiration for more than five movies. 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.”

We absolutely agree with this! Good job, Academy! Keep the bar set high!

What do U think about the Oscars' new Best Picture rules?

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Will The Academy Awards Air In January Next Year??

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Holy shiz! This is a massive switch-up!

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences is reportedly going to consider moving up the air date of 2011 Academy Awards to January!

According to a source:

"The awards season is too long currently. This will shorten and reduce the amount of campaigning. Also, it will make the Oscars the definitive awards show again. The Globes can't move a lot earlier as all the movies wouldn't be released yet. The only potential downside is how do people see all the films in time to vote for nominations?"

Yeah - EXACTLY! You want to throw the Oscars in with not only the Golden Globes, but the SAG and BAFTAS? And what about the effing SuperBowl?!

Another source, however, seems doubtful the date will be switched, because there's simply not enough time for members of the Academy to watch all potential films and vote accordingly.

They claim:

"There's a ZERO percent chance that the Executive team can figure out how to logistically coordinate voting that soon, especially with all the old people who don't do electronic mail. And especially because [executive director] Bruce Davis won't do anything that utilizes technology."

Seems like a pretty shiteous idea to us!

What do U think?? Should the Academy Awards continue airing in February or March or should Awards season be squeezed into one month?

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The Academy Offers Somewhat Of An Apology!

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It took them long enough!!!!

The Academy has finally apologized for omitting Farrah Fawcett from the "In Memoriam" segment on Sunday night's Oscars!

After days of criticism, executive director Bruce Davis has offered the following apology:

"There's nothing you can say to people, particularly to family members, within a day or two of the show that helps at all. They tend to be surprised and hurt, and we understand that and we're sorry for it."

Davis also added that her "remarkable television work" was honored at this year's Emmy's, which he believes was a more fitting arena for a tribute.

Hmmmm.

What do U think?

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Academy Responds To Farrah/Bea Oscar Snubs!

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We don't think we're alone when we say that it's pretty shocking that the Academy Awards left out Farrah Fawcett and Bea Arthur from the ceremony's Memorial Montage, which pays tribute to the stars who passed away during the year.

It must be causing quite a stir, because Bruce Davis, the executive director of the Academy, has released a statement attempting to justify the snub:

"It is the single most troubling element of the Oscar show every year. Because more people die each year than can possibly be included in that segment. You are dropping people who the public knows. It's just not comfortable."

We think that if they're going to run over the time limit, as they do EVERY YEAR, they might as well spend the extra time including everyone in the tribute!!

That's much more appropriate than 20 minute introductions to categories from celebrities faux-fawning over how great their nominated co-stars are!!

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