Why the Oscars should ditch the expanded Best Picture field

March 4, 2015 9:50 PM

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ board of governors is reportedly ready to consider throwing in the towel on its failed 6-year experiment to draw larger Oscars-night TV audiences by increasing the number of Best Picture nominees.

The Hollywood Reporter claims a “large portion” of the board feels the move to as many as 10 Best Picture nominees has devalued the award while failing to draw ratings-bait nominations for megahits like “The Dark Knight,” whose 2009 snub prompted the change in the first place.

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