Mac and Cheese wonder what films will earn Best Picture Oscar nominations

Entertainment reporter Erin McCracken and FlipSide editor Pat Abdalla love movies. In the ongoing blog feature “Mac and Cheese” they dish out fresh commentary about all things film.

Sometimes it’s about losing. Especially when it comes to the Oscars. The race isn’t about winning Best Picture from The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. It’s now all about being nominated.

The changes began with the 2008 class. The Academy allowed 10 movies to be nominated. This gave films with strong cult followings and blockbusters a chance for the top honor. But that system didn’t really make the race for best picture any more interesting. Last year, everyone pretty much knew that “The King’s Speech” would get the trophy. Now, the Academy has instituted new rules that allow at least five – and up to 10 – films to be nominated.

This year, a nod to the bygone era of silent film, “The Artist,” will win. But the race for the other nominees – the losers – is more interesting than ever before. The wacky rules might still allow popular favorites (“Bridesmaids” and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2” ) to be nominated. That will appease the masses who think the Oscars are too stuffy. Nominees can also stick that nice little “Best Picture Nominee” logo on their DVD covers.

So, now let’s debate how many films should be nominated Tuesday and which ones will lose. Read Erin and Pat’s Best Picture picks. The Academy Award nominations will be announced early Tuesday, Jan. 24.

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