Do you remember earlier this year when The Dark Knight was snubbed for a Best Picture nomination by the Oscars, despite being the highest-grossing movie of the year, one of the best-reviewed movies of the year, and featuring what is arguably one of the greatest performances in motion picture history? And do you remember how damn near everyone who saw the movie thought it got screwed? Well, if there was a silver lining in the situation, here it is: The New York Times is reporting that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will now be nominating ten films for Best Picture, instead of the traditional five. And it’s partly thanks to The Dark Knight.
From the article in the Times:
“We will be casting our net wide,” Sidney Ganis, the academy’s president, said in announcing the change at a morning news conference at the group’s headquarters here.
In a question-and-answer session that followed the announcement Mr. Ganis said, “I would not be telling you the truth if I said the words ‘Dark Knight’ did not come up.”
This is a pretty big deal when you think about it. How often have genre movies, comedies, and animated films gone without Best Picture nods due to the Academy’s refusal to acknowledge anything but period pieces and stuffy, bloated dramas? Yeah, the change is a few years too late, but better late than never.