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Isn't 10 movies really too many?

July 26, 2009

Are you kidding? Your choices provide reason enough as to why we should be limited to five nominees. ("If There Had Been 10 Oscar Nods . . . " July 19)

Time invariably proves that there are great films we didn't appreciate enough in their own time; it is those films that, having been nominated, might have come closer to recognition sooner.

"Men in Black"? "My Best Friend's Wedding"? "Dreamgirls"? "The Poseidon Adventure"? "Splash"? "Inherit the Wind"?

You got one year right: 1944. But as is true in any given year, the nominations would have been better if "Laura" and "Meet Me in St. Louis" and "The Miracle of Morgan's Creek" had not been bypassed and "Wilson" and "Since You Went Away" had not been included. Other classics from that year that have become appreciated with the passing of time: "To Have and Have Not," "Hail the Conquering Hero," "Murder My Sweet," "The Curse of the Cat People," "Phantom Lady."

The vulgarity of your choices is staggering. With 10 nominees instead of five, the more commercially popular movies of any given year will be chosen, which will be a certain guarantee that more people will watch the Oscars show.

And though their favorites will lose, they will at least be counted among the television audience.

Harvey Perr

Los Angeles

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