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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

January 24, 2012 at 6:44 AM

The Best Picture nominees — and a poll

Nine is the lucky number for Best Picture this year: The Academy changed their rule yet again, this time determining that a film must be ranked #1 on at least 5 percent of all ballots in order to make the Best Picture list, to a maximum of 10. This means that movies like “Beginners,” “Bridesmaids,” “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” “The Ides of March” and the like may well have gotten many votes, but not enough #1 votes to make it; likewise, the new rule may have helped movies that inspire passionate defenders, like “The Tree of Life” (which made the list). I’m a little surprised to see “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” on there — it didn’t seem to have much of a pre-Oscar presence — but obviously it moved enough voters. Nothing else on the list is a huge shock. What’s your favorite to win? I love a lot of these films, but would have to say my pick is “The Artist,” followed fairly closely by “Midnight in Paris.”

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