For the first time since 1973, there are over 300 feature films in competition for the best picture Oscar. That's not to say, of course, that there are that many nominees, only that there are 311 films eligible for nomination in that category (including such brilliant works as The Dukes of Hazzard and Doom.) According to the Academy credits coordinator (any guesses on what exactly he does would be welcome), the two main reasons for the increase are the explosion of feature-length documentaries in release (35 came out this year, as opposed to only 15 in 2004) and a reorganization of distribution that led to "the release of an unusual number of long-delayed projects."

Just so the studio heads don't get too cocky, however, the Hollywood Reporter reminds us that the all-time record is still very much out of reach - in 1927-1928 (the first year Academy Awards were handed out) there were 562 eligible films. Now THAT is a lot of movies.