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Producers Bil Mechanic and Adam Shankman have confirmed that this year's awards will bring back many of last year's well received elements, such as having five past winners present the Acting awards.
In addition, David Rockwell, the set designer of the 81st Oscars, has been hired by producers Bill Mechanic and Adam Shankman to design the set for the 82nd Oscars, and Gina Tuttle, the announcer of last year's awards, will return for this year's ceremony.
Producers Bill Mechanic and Adam Shankman have chosen both Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin to host as the two are considered to be longtime rivals and worst enemies on "Saturday Night Live", and it will probably allow for some humor between the two during the telecast.
Previous Academy President Sid Ganis made the decision of having ten Best Picture nominees at the 2010 ceremony due to the controversy over the "snubbing" of multiple films in the category at the 2009 ceremony, including The Dark Knight and WALL·E, when there were only five nominees. The decision of having ten Best Picture nominees will allow for more of the Best films of 2009 to be acknowledged without the snubbing of some.This is the first time since 1944 that there will be ten nominees in the category. During the first ceremony, 1928, there were only three Best Picture nominees, and from 1945 until 2009, there were five.
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