Batman turns back the clock.

WhySoSeriousAlthough discussions were already underway, the Academy (yes, that one that gets thanked for Oscars) admits that the snub of the superhero flick The Dark Knight had something to do with the decision. That decision being to return to a process more like the Academy used in the 30s and 40s, having more than five Best Picture nominees.

“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.”

I also particularly liked this point, which mentions the kind of snooty collusion that happens amongst Academy voters (whomever, and howmanyever, they might actually be).

With five entries there are usually only two or maybe three real contenders.  Strategic voting is present but manageable.  There can be split votes across a particular actor or genre.  With ten entries it is much harder to tell which picture will win.

Which is to say that voters are voting for the picture they think will or should win, instead of the picture they think is most deserving. This kind of bandwagoning has nothing to do with a good voting process.


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