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October 26, 2021

Academy Awards to be announced today

On Tuesday morning, at 5:30 PT, this year’s Oscar nominations will be announced at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Samuel Goldwyn Theater by actress Anne Hathaway, who will be reading ten nominees this year for best film. It’s a new twist that’s shaking things up for Oscar-watchers in 2010. The decision to go from five titles to 10 was made last summer, ostensibly to give Academy voters a chance to showcase more films, but in all likelihood inspired by the telecast’s sagging ratings and frequent criticism that the Academy, in its top awards, ignores movies popular with audiences (like last year’s “The Dark Knight”). Historians point out that the Oscars long ago allowed more than five movies in the category: Though the first Academy Awards ceremony, in 1929, had only three titles in the top category subsequent years featured as many as 10. Ironically, if the Academy really took this step to try to get more popular movies into the mix, it needn’t have bothered: “Avatar,” the year’s runaway hit, is clearly on the Oscar shortlist. But it’s possible a few more big-box-office movies, such as “Star Trek,” might turn up on the list of 10, or that an animated film or two (“Up” or “Fantastic Mr. Fox”) might make the cut, rather than being confined to their own category. Here’s how things just might look on Tuesday morning: “Avatar,” “Inglourious Basterds,” “The Hurt Locker,” “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ By Sapphire,” “Up in the Air.” Each of these is an absolute lock. The remaining five slots are to be filled with some combination of the following: “(500) Days of Summer,” “Crazy Heart,” “District 9,” “An Education,” “The Messenger,” “A Serious Man,” “Star Trek” and/or “Up.”

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