The Academy Awards is expanding their best picture category pool by five; instead of having only five films nominated for best picture, Academy Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president Sid Ganis announced this morning that there will be 10 films competing for best picture.

For nine years before 1943, the Academy Awards welcomed more than five pictures into the best picture category with one sole winner, but after the 16th year, the Academy Awards decided to reduce the pool to five nominees. But now, after more than six decades, there will be a change at the highly-celebrated Oscar Awards, here’s what Ganis had to say on the matter:

“After more than six decades, the Academy is returning to some of its earlier roots, when a wider field competed for the top award of the year. The final outcome, of course, will be the same- one best picture winner- but the race to the finish line will feature 10, not just five, great movies from 2009.”

With that being said, I’m happy that this change is being made because so many great films go on without being recognized and this opens up their chance at being selected in a category that offers great recognition with only a nomination.

Oscar nominations will be announced on Feb. 2 with the awards ceremony being held at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood on March 7.

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