This could be big. The last time a James Cameron movie was nominated for Best Picture–"Titanic," which won the award–ABC’s Oscarcast was was watched by more people than ever: 57.25 million.
Comparatively, last year’s Academy Award broadcast drew 36.94 million viewers. Last year’s winner for Best Picture was "Slumdog Millionaire."
Today, Cameron’s latest box-office smash, "Avatar," was nominated for nine Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
The year that "Titanic" won for Best Picture, the movie was still in the theaters at the time of the Oscar broadcast. That could also happen again with "Avatar," which is still going strong in theaters. The Academy Awards will be broadcast on ABC March 7.
Also sure to draw more viewers this year is the fact that the Oscars now have 10 nominees for Best Picture. Besides "Avatar," other films that packed theaters that are on the list as Best Picture nominees include "The Blind Side," "Up," and "Inglourious Basterds."
Here’s are the 10 films nominated for Best Picture:
A Serious Man
The Blind Side
The Hurt Locker
Up in the Air