When there were 10: Oscars exhibit looks back to the 1930s-40s

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This year marks a return to the Academy nominating ten films for the Oscar for Best Picture which has resulted in an eclectic list of films. But it's not without precedent in the Academy's history.

A poster exhibit at the Academy building in Beverly Hills, California showcases a period of eight years in the past when the Oscars selected 10 films for nominees for the top award instead of five which has been the norm in the recent pas. The More the Merrier: Posters from the Ten Best Picture Nominees, 1936-1943, highlights posters of films from their releases around the world.

The exhibit happens in The Academy's Grand Lobby Galley through April 18 Tuesday through Sunday.

Selected from a golden era in film poster art, highlights include Casablanca and The Maltese Falcon from France, The Philadelphia Story and Citizen Kane from Italy, Denmark's Dark Victory, and from the US A Star Is Born and Stagecoach. The posters include the work of key artists and illustrators including Norman Rockwell, Al Hirschfeld, Jacques Kapralik, France's Boris Grinsson and Pierre Pigeot, and Italy's Ercole Brini.

Another tribute to movie poster artwork is the poster for "80 Years of Oscar Celebrates All-Time Favorite Movies," a commemorative poster celebrating 80 films that won Best Picture which includes the artwork. Each poster is $25 plus shipping and handling or $40 for this poster plus that for the 82nd Academy Awards featuring co-hosts Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin on the shoulders of a giant golden Oscar. The playful image is a departure for the more classic campaigns for the annual black tie event, but fits the slogan, "You've Never Seen Oscar Like This."

The 82nd Academy Awards will happen live at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood on March 7 starting at 5 pm PST/8 pm EST and be televised in more than 200 countries.