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The Best Picture Oscars -- Now Twice the Size

When is the last time the Motion Picture Academy actually had a certifiable 24-carat good idea?

It's been so long that frankly I don't even remember when it was.

Well, bless them, they had one Wednesday — or at least that's when they announced it to the world. That's when they told us they decided to double the number of Best Picture Oscar nominees from 5 to 10. Under such a system, for instance, there's no way on God's green and glorious earth that "The Dark Knight" and "WALL-E" would have been left out of the Best Picture contest last year.

I'll have more to say on this in my column in Tuesday's Buffalo News.

In the meantime, what's your take on the newest wrinkle in Oscar-dom?

--Jeff Simon



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