Putting an emphasis on quality rather than quantity, the Academy Awards shook up the best picture category again.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced late Tuesday that it had approved a change in the nomination process that will allow between five and 10 best-picture nominees. On the recommendation of its Board of Governors, the number of the category's nominees will be dictated by the voting.
The Academy said the change came after analyzing the voting from the last two years. In 2009, the Oscars expanded the best-picture field from five nominees to 10.
Academy President Tom Sherak said the board also analyzed what might have happened in the last decade, had voting rules been different.
Retiring Academy executive director Bruce Davis said, "a best picture nomination should be an indication of extraordinary merit. If there are only eight pictures that truly earn that honor in a given year, we shouldn't feel an obligation to round out the number."