London: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will introduce a new system from next year onwards that will allow anywhere between five to 10 nominees in the best picture category.
Moreover, the total number of films that will be competing will not be revealed until the announcement of full nominations in January.
The Academy said in a statement that the system would add a ‘new element of surprise’ to the award show.
According to the Academy bosses, the voting pattern of the previous year has shown that often more than five movies were felt to be competent enough to fight for the crown.
“What stood out was that Academy members had regularly shown a strong admiration for more than five movies,” the BBC quoted executive director Bruce Davis as saying.
“A Best Picture nomination should be an indication of extraordinary merit,” he said.
“If there are only eight pictures that truly earn that honour in a given year, we shouldn’t feel an obligation to round out the number,” he added.