Oscars to use RCV for BEST PICTURE - along with longer list of 'candidates'
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News Flash – September 1, 2009
Academy to use preferential voting to pick best picture
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>August 31, 2009 | 4:05 pm
Get out the calculator -- Oscar voting just got more complicated.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today took the long
expected step to ensure that this year's best picture winner won't be
hated by 90% of its members by going with a preferential voting system
In a preferential voting system, votes for the least popular first
choice movie are eliminated and those members' second choices are taken
into account. The process continues until a nominee receives more than
50% of the votes.
Academy spokesperson Leslie Unger confirmed that the organization will
apply the same preferential voting system it uses in the Oscar
nomination process to best picture voting starting this winter. The news
was first reported by The Wrap
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>.Such a move has been in the works since the Academy decided in June
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> toexpand the number of best picture nominees from five to 10. At the time
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>,Academy Vice President Hawk Koch said that there would be a change in
the voting process, stating, "We want to make sure that 11% does not win
the best picture."
Under the old system, members simply voted for their first choice. With
10 nominees, that would mean a movie with one vote more than 10% could
theoretically be named best picture.
Other categories will continue to utilize the traditional single-vote
process to pick winners.
The change marks the first time that the Academy has used preferential
voting for best picture since at least 1944, when it reduced the number
of nominees from 10 to five.
Update (6:10 PM): Unger clarified that in fact that last time
preferential voting was used to select the best picture was in 1945.
Dr. Barbara Klein
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