Actors, directors and other movie personnel received the phone calls this morning letting them know they are nominated for (or were part of a film nominated for) Academy Awards. This is the first year 10 films are nominated for Best Picture. In previous years, five films were nominated. The expanded category allowed for fan-favorites such as “Up” and “District 9” to be nominated along traditional Oscar picks like “The Hurt Locker” and “An Education.” I’m not sure how I feel about having so many films nominated. Should box office success automatically qualify a film for Best Picture? I’ve also not seen any of the nominated films yet, so I can’t comment on the quality of the blockbuster films nominated.
Regardless, having more mainstream films on the ballot will probably attract more viewers. Hosts Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin should also draw an audience. View the list of nominees here. The Academy Awards air at 7 p.m. March 7 on ABC.