Will Having 10 Best-Picture Nominees Diminish Oscar?

Instead, an untelevised though taped ceremony in Hollywood on Nov. 14 will be held for this year's recipients: actress Lauren Bacall, B-movie titan Roger Corman, cinematographer Gordon Willis and executive/producer John Calley, who will receive the Irving G. Thalberg award.

To be denied watching the legendary Bacall on live TV as she finally gets an Oscar at age 85 or clips of Willis' splendid work with Woody Allen and all of The Godfather films won't please everyone. "It dissipates the importance of the award," Bona says.

•Statue-swapping fatigue. Some voters suggest the real problem isn't the ceremony or the nominees. It's the fact that there are so many other awards shows that air before the Oscars, including the Golden Globes, the Screen Actors Guild, the American Film Institute and the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

Since they feature a similar slate of contenders, they undercut the importance of what should be Hollywood's ultimate evening to shine.

As 15-time nominee and two-time winner Meryl Streep says, "The Oscars should be Jan. 2. By the time we get to the Oscars, these same winners have trudged up on stage multiple times.

"The best acting all year is when they act surprised."

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