My first thought was, "well, this means they can at least throw a bone to the The Dark Knight crybabies this year by nominating something like Star Trek." (If Star Trek actually wins Best Picture this year, I will quit blogging for-ev-er ... write it down!). It's sorta like when the NCAA pats a BYU or a Utah or a Boise St. on the head ever year and gives them a BCS game (yes, I know Utah beat Alabama last year, but Alabama sucked, so just settle down. And please don't bring up that overrated Boise St./OU game, ok?).
So yes, what opening up the Best Picture category ultimately does is satisfy the people who cry "wtf?!?" on nomination morning every year. Let's say that we hit rewind and made 2008 a 10 Best Picture nomination year. What would have been added? Probably: Revolutionary Road, Gran Torino, The Wrestler, The Dark Night, and Wall-E. Right? No so hard to guess, I guess.
But the drawbacks... ohhhh, the drawbacks. What will the drawbacks be? :
1. About 20-30 minutes of added Oscars showtime.
2. The continuing "legitimacy" of so-so to below-average to just plain bad filmmaking.
3. Our theaters loaded up with Best Picture noms from December to Early March (I especially feel for the people who live in smaller cities... can you imagine Frost/Nixon holding up traffic for four months in a six-screen town?!? Eeeek! That makes me shudder).
4. Harvey Weinstein-style lobbying like you've never seen before.
5. A Nick Cassavettes movie getting nominated.
6. More molesting of DVD box covers.
7. More pulling of the hair by Arbogast.
8. More eye-gouging self-important interviews on The Charlie Rose Show.
... and that's enough for now.
Have a nice evening.