Academy Rejigs Best Picture Rules

Some are welcoming this week’s move by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as a sign of flexibility, progressiveness. Others, like FishbowlLA, are yawning as if it were hour three of the annual Oscars telecast.

After a careful analysis of the first place votes received in recent years by nominated Best Pictures, the Academy has decided that rather than hold to a fixed number of five or ten category nominees, it will allow its members to determine the exact 2011 tally. Per the press release:

“With the help of PricewaterhouseCoopers, we’ve been looking not just at what happened over the past two years, but at what would have happened if we had been selecting 10 nominees for the past 10 years,” explained Academy president Tom Sherak (pictured).

During the period studied, the average percentage of first place votes received by the top vote-getting movie was 20.5.  After much analysis by Academy officials, it was determined that 5% of first place votes should be the minimum in order to receive a nomination, resulting in a slate of anywhere from five to 10 movies.

Whatever. Unless the Academy disqualifies dramas about English monarchs and convinces Jimmy Kimmel to host, seven Best Picture nominees for 2011 is not going to make a whit of difference to the TV ratings.