Greater diversity: Now that the list size has doubled, well-made, high-grossing, audience-friendly films that are often ignored will be thrown a bone. (Can you say Dark Knight?) It’s a nice gesture, and it probably makes the Academy feel less elitist. But do those films actually have a chance of winning? We don’t think the public believes a crowdpleaser like The Blind Side could beat out The Hurt Locker.
More money: It’s no surprise that being nominated for an award boosts ticket sales. Judging by the current box-office numbers for the Best Picture nominees, this is great news for indie films like An Education ($9 M), The Hurt Locker ($12.7 M), Precious ($45 M), and A Serious Man ($9.2 M). It should be noted that Oscar-related piracy has gone down this year.
If you want to see all of the nominees, clear your calendar for February 27th and March 6th: AMC theaters will be showing five of the films on each day.
Chart via The Candler Blog.