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Oscars may go back to five Best Picture nominees

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 15: Actor Chris Pine and Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs announce the nominees for Best Picture at the 87th Academy Awards Nominations Announcement at AMPAS Samuel Goldwyn Theater on January 15, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Valerie Macon/Getty Images)
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Hey, remember when the folks behind the Oscars decided to change the Best Picture rules so that more than five films could be nominated? Well apparently six years later they’ve decided it was a massive failure and they’re looking to reverse it. “They tried it, and it really didn’t do us any good,” an Academy source tells the Hollywood Reporter.

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The rule change came in 2009 after “The Dark Knight” was left out of the Best Picture race, with the hopes that getting films with more broad appeal nominated would boost the ceremony’s ratings. But with a 16 percent dip from last year’s Oscars, that’s clearly not happening.

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