The 82nd Academy Awards will expand the Best Picture field to 10 nominees for 2010.
It may allow overlooked genres like science fiction, comedies and animated films to get a chance at the Oscar.
The Best Picture category has typically been limited to five films, though in the early years, there are 10 or more nominees. The last time there were 10 nominees was at the 16th Academy Awards in 1943, when "Casablanca" won.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences continues to celebrate the 70th anniversary of "Hollywood's Greatest Year," 1939. That year saw the release of such classics as "Gone With the Wind," "The Wizard of Oz," "Stagecoach," "Ninotchka," "Dark Victory," "Love Affair," "Of Mice and Men," "Wuthering Heights," "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" and "Goodbye, Mr. Chips."
Nominations for the 2010 Academy Awards will be announced Feb. 2. The ceremony will be March 7.