CATEGORIES Movies, Oscars
When the 10 Academy Award nominees for Best Picture were announced on Tuesday, did you catch Anne Hathaway sometimes utter the words "nominees to be determined"?

Several years ago, the Academy instituted a policy stating a maximum of three producers could be acknowledged come awards time. However, The Wrap is reporting that today, the Producers' Branch Executive Committee of the Academy acknowledged "extraordinary circumstances," which will allow 'The Hurt Locker's four producers to get their names read as nominees -- and possible winners -- on Mar. 7th.

'Locker''s producers include director Kathryn Bigelow (pictured) and screenwriter Mark Boal (making it a nomination two-fer for both). When the 10 Academy Award nominees for Best Picture were announced on Tuesday, did you catch Anne Hathaway sometimes utter the words "nominees to be determined"?

Several years ago, the Academy instituted a policy stating a maximum of three producers could be acknowledged come awards time. However, The Wrap is reporting that today, the Producers' Branch Executive Committee of the Academy acknowledged "extraordinary circumstances," which will allow 'The Hurt Locker's four producers to get their names read as nominees -- and possible winners -- on Mar. 7th.

'Locker''s producers include director Kathryn Bigelow (pictured) and screenwriter Mark Boal (making it a nomination two-fer for both). The other producers credited are Nicolas Chartier and Greg Shapiro.

Meanwhile, the Academy also gave the thumbs up to the trio of producers who worked on 'The Blind Side': Gil Netter, Andrew A. Kosove and Broderick Johnson.

The "Three Items or Less" rule wasn't a problem for a filmmaker like Quentin Tarantino, who has teamed up with producer Lawrence Bender going back to his ('Reservoir') dog days. But for other buzzworthy flicks, the who-gets-credit issue has made for some Oscar-caliber drama. In 2005, 'Crash' had six producers listed in its credits, but only writer-director Paul Haggis and producer Cathy Schulman picked up Best Picture statuettes in 2006. The awkward situation led to lawsuits involving Schulman and producer Bob Yari. Along with Yari, another 'Crash' producer denied recognition by the Academy was Don Cheadle, who had been nominated for Best Actor the year before for 'Hotel Rwanda.'

While the inclusion of 'The Blind Side' in the Best Picture race was a surprise to some, 'The Hurt Locker' is thought to be a co-favorite to take the top prize (along with 'Avatar'). For the record, 'Avatar' had two producers submitted to the Academy, Jon Landau, and director James Cameron. They shared 'Titanic''s Best Picture Oscar in 1997.