Oscars Doubling Best-Picture Nominees

The Academy Awards may get even longer: The Oscars have announced that, starting next year, it will double the number of best-picture nominees from five to 10. Academy President Sid Ganis said that, after reviewing last year's top contenders, they realized there was room for more in the premiere category—and they feel their decision will open the field up to more worthy films, including documentaries, animated movies, foreign-language films, and even comedies. "Everybody says the Academy will never nominate a comedy," Ganis said. "Well, maybe we will." The move marks a return to Hollywood's golden age 60-70 years ago, when having 10 or more nominees was common.