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Why We're Getting 10 Best Picture Nominees

 The Annual Box Office Rankings for Best Picture Nominees, 1991-2008*

Year
BPN BO rank
BPN BO rank
BPN BO rank
BPN BO rank
BPN BO rank
2008
 1620
82 89
120
 2007 153650
55
66
 2006 15 5157
92
138
 2005 22 49
62
88
95
 2004 22 2437
40
61
 2003 1 1731
33
67
 2002 2 103556
80
 2001 21143
59
68
 2000 412
13
15
32
 1999 2 1213
41
69
 1998 1 18 3559
65
 1997 1  67
24
44
 1996 4 1941
67
108
 1995 3 18 2839
77
 1994 1 1021
51
56
 1993 3 9
38
61 66
 1992 511
19
20
48
 1991 3 4
16
17
25

* Best picture winner represented in red.

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Year
BPN BO rank
BPN BO rank
BPN BO rank
BPN BO rank
BPN BO rank
1970
1
2
3
4
11

*ditto

The problem isn't the number of nominees. The problem is the disconnect between studios, distributors, audience and the Academy. We don't make best pictures anymore. And if we do make them we don't distribute them. And if we do distribute them we don't go see them. And if all three happen, but the movie happens to be a cartoon or a superhero film, the Academy can't be bothered.

I'll say it again. The Academy is fixing something that ain't broken (the tradition of five nominees) because of something that is hugely broken. All of the above.

BTW: I charted the above for the drastic change that took place in 2004, but I never noticed —until I created this graph — how the best picture winner is almost always (eventually) the no. 1 or 2 box office hit among the five nominees. That's good to know. Or at least it was in the era of five nominees. Now it's useless knowledge.

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Posted at 11:08 PM on Fri. Jun 26, 2009 in category Movies - Box Office  

COMMENTS

Rob wrote:

Sure, they may be fixing something that isn't broken in order to fix something that is. But how do they fix that which is really broken?

Personally I think it's unfixable.
Comment posted on Mon. Jun 29, 2009 at 12:38 PM

fettverbrennung wrote:

cool thanks
Comment posted on Mon. Nov 30, 2009 at 08:21 AM

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