How a Weird Oscar Season Might Depress the Number of Best Picture Nominees


Tastes could be fragmenting and votes might be spread out in a way that potentially impacts the Oscars’ top category

In this strangest of all awards years, could we have one of the strangest of all slates of Best Picture nominees? I couldn’t help but wonder about that this week, when I tallied almost 250 critics’ Top 10 lists from the Metacritic website as if they were Oscar ballots, and came up with something I’d never seen before.

When they were counted using a system that is designed to produce between five and 10 Best Picture nominees, the Top 10 lists produced the bare minimum, five.

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Steve Pond

Awards Editor • • Twitter: @stevepond