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Vincent Geogie

Prof pans expanding best picture Oscar nominations

Expanding the list of nominations in the Best Picture category at this year’s Oscars will only water down the quality of the awards, according to a marketing professor who specializes in film and culture.

“If it’s all respectable stuff that gets nominated they’ll be all right, but if something crazy gets in, that will kill it,” said Vincent Georgie. “It’ll just take one bad egg to spoil it. And I don’t think this year produced 10 excellent films.”

Georgie, who is often relied upon by media across the country for his expertise on the entertainment industry, will be watching closely this morning as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announces its list of films nominated for the 82nd annual Oscar Awards show. This year, the list of nominations for Best Picture has been expanded from five to 10. All other categories remain at five nominations.

Academy voters are not in favour of the new system, Georgie said, but suspects the reason the list was expanded to include more films had something to do with the public backlash when the wildly popular Dark Knight failed to get nominated last year.

For the record, here are Georgie’s predictions for the films that will be nominated for Best Picture: Avatar, District 9, An Education, The Hurt Locker, Inglorious Basterds, Invictus, Precious, Up, A Serious Man and Up in the Air.