Spending Big for an Oscar

BY Hari Sreenivasan  March 5, 2010 at 6:29 PM EST

The Oscar race this year, like most years – recession or not, has a lot to do with money: big-budget films up against small independent releases, and deep-pocketed studios ready to spend big to win Oscars, hoping awards will give movies a box-office bump or spike in DVD sales.

To get a handle on how the recession has affected this year’s campaign for Oscar votes and how the race for Best Picture has changed with the switch from 5 to 10 nominees, The Rundown spoke via Skype to John Horn, a staff writer at the Los Angeles Times who covers the business of the movie industry.

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