Vox filmerati: Hollywood reacts to today's Oscar news
Hollywood executives and producers respond to the news that there will be 10 best picture nominees this year, instead of the traditional five.
Jon Favreau, director of "Iron Man" and "Elf"
I think its going to help the musicals and comedies and the genre films but I don’t think this means they will be winning. I think this means more people are in on the party, but I think you will still see films sweep. I think the nominee list is going to look like an Iraqi presidential ballot with all the names. I also think it could hurt small films that have won in the past, like "Crash" and "Slumdog Millionaire," which may suffer when there are more choices.
Tom Bernard, president, Sony Pictures Classics:
Laura Ziskin, producer of the "Spider-Man" movies and two previous Oscar telecasts:
I’m excited about it as a producer. I have a better chance of getting nominated. It gives you a more interesting mix. What’s wrong with popcorn movies if they’re good? The danger is if you don’t have a [minimum for] how many votes you need to get nominated. Between the the movie that gets the most votes and the movie that gets the least, there could be a very big spread.
Joel Wayne, retired studio marketing executive who worked at Warner Bros. for 25 years:
Mike Vollman, president of marketing at MGM/UA:
A.C. Lyles, a veteran producer who started as a page and has been working at Paramount for 71 years:
-- Times staff writers
In Wednesday's Times, find out more about the decision and its impact on the film business; the financial reasons behind the move; the new calculus for potential best picture nominees; and read commentary from film critic Kenneth Turan and columnist Patrick Goldstein.