The Best Picture Category at The Academy Awards has always been a bit of a toss up. You’re never quite sure what number of films they will feel like nominating. That changes moving. Details below.
The Academy’s members are setting up a task force “to develop and implement new representation and inclusion standards for Oscars eligibility by July 31, 2020.” The measure was approved on Thursday via a Zoom meeting of the board of governors that had originally been scheduled for Tuesday, but was delayed two days to avoid a conflict with the funeral of George Floyd. The board meeting also revealed several pieces of big information that could lead to greater diversity at the Oscars. Starting with the 94th Oscars ceremony, the Academy will return to a guaranteed 10 best picture nominees, as was the case for the 82nd and 83rd ceremonies, before it had vacillated between 5. The Academy aims to maximize the diversity of the films that are nominated for the Academy’s highest honor, and hopes that having 10 as a set number will bring in more diversity in films chosen. Beginning with the 94th Oscars season, the Academy will implement a “quarterly viewing process” through the Academy Screening Room, making it possible for Academy members to watch Oscar hopefuls at home. The Academy hopes by making it possible for members to view films released year-round, they aim to broaden each film’s exposure, level the playing field and ensure all eligible films can be seen by voting members.