Find Out the "Surprise" New Twist to Oscars Race

Entertainment Jun. 15, 2011 AT 10:34AM
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is changing up the Oscar nomination system. For decades the group had nominated 5 films for best picture, but for the past two years they upped that number to 10. 

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Tuesday night, the Academy announced that moving forward, it will use a variable system in nominating films for best picture. The number of nominees can range from 5 to 10 in any year. According to the New York Times, the change was first recommended by Bruce Davis, who is retiring as the academy's director.

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Ratings for the Oscars on ABC dropped slightly in 2011 with Franco and Anne Hathaway hosting the awards. A New York Times critic sniped that the duo had a complete "absence of chemistry" and said: "Mr. Franco looked a little distracted and even blase -- not surprisingly for a multiplatform performer-writer who is working on an English doctorate at Yale." 

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