An Academy Member’s Oscar Proposal: Add More Actors

109 days ago | Indiewire

Dear Board of Governors and members of the Academy,

Let’s face it!

Actors are the face of Oscar. Every year, I’m struck by how many more worthy performances there are than films. We often find more problems in movies we like — plot points not resolved, length issues — than we do with performances, which are more consistently flawless.

In other words, great performances are in more abundance than great films.

So why should the number of acting nominees be limited to five, rather than up to ten, as the maximum current Best Picture rules allow?  I propose increasing the number of acting nominees in all four categories, to be selected by the Entire membership, with the number of acting nominations equaling the number of Best Picture nominees.

All of the many Academy members I canvassed, including members of the Acting branch, Oscar-winners and former Governors, agreed with this proposal.

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Carol (2015)
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Nocturnal Animals (2016)
Cafe Society (1995)
The Girl on the Train (2016)
Miss Sloane (2016)
Christine (2016)
Paterson (2016)
Florence Foster Jenkins (2016)
The Founder (2016)
Eye in the Sky (2015)
Hidden Figures (2016)
Silence (2016)
Lion (2016)
Queen of Katwe (2016)
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