According to our good friend Damien Bona, the AMPAS will break with tradition this year and not show the number of pictures that will be nominated on the big board behind the announcer.
The other big change is that they won’t be alphabetical, so we can’t rule out a movie as its being announced. I’ll never forget hanging on the phone with Kris Tapley as we waited to see if The Dark Knight would be announced. Kris kept saying, “as soon as they say Frost/Nixon it’s over.”
So this either going to get ugly or it’s going to be really fun. There is nothing quite like that feeling, though, after they’ve read the nominees. Sometimes, it feels like the air has just been sucked out of the room, when someone truly worthy has been left off the list. When a film like Dreamgirls or The Dark Knight is not read. You always do your best to keep it in perspective, but someone you can’t help but feel yourself thrust back to the days when contests mattered – junior high and high school – when the reading off names picked out of a hat, or the choosing of cheerleaders or parts in plays or football teams mattered. When you’re left standing there, unchosen, you know that emptied out feeling.