Los Angeles: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is reportedly seriously considering a return to its former policy of having only five best picture nominees.
The current rules allow a maximum of 10 nominations but the potential shift, which is being pushed by a fraction of the Academy, would be a radical shift for the organisation, said the Hollywood Reporter quoting a high-level source.
It would be also an acknowledgement from them that their six-year-old strategy of boosting the number of best picture nominees has failed, the magazine said.
"They tried it, and it really didn't do us any good," said the source. While no official proposal has been placed before the Academy's board of governors, that could happen as soon as March 24, when the governors are next due to meet.
An Academy spokesperson declined to comment on the specifics of the upcoming meeting, saying, "As we do each year, the Academy will meet in the coming months to evaluate not only the telecast, but also the awards season in its entirety."