Many folks (MovieSnobs staff included) felt that The Dark Knight should have received a Best Picture Oscar Nomination. However, there were only room for five films and the Academy didn’t see Knight as worthy.
The multitude of people that disagreed with them may or may not have caused their latest announcement. The Best Picture category will now expand to 10 nominees from the previous limit of 5. This should allow room for summer blockbusters that happen to be quality films, as well as animated films that were previously relegated to the Best Animated Feature category.
via Amazon’s Armchair Commentary blog
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