Brian Tamanaha asks what is really being lost in this all-out race for prestige and revenue.
He is among those who think that expanding the Best Picture category diminishes the prestige of the nomination.
“We are paying through the nose for prestige,” Goldrick-Rab said.
1650s, "trick," from French prestige (16c.) "deceit, imposture, illusion" (in Modern French, "illusion, magic, glamour"), from Latin praestigium "delusion, illusion" (see prestigious). Derogatory until 19c.; sense of "dazzling influence" first applied 1815, to Napoleon.