Now that the summer is pretty much over, awards season has officially begun. That’s why it’s no surprise that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have announced a major change in their voting procedure. Earlier this summer, the board announced that there would be 10 Best Picture nominees as opposed to five for future ceremonies. According to the TheWrap, the new voting rules have been released, and will take effect immediately.
In an attempt to make sure the best film really does win in the Best Picture category the new voting system will go as follows:
Instead of just voting for one nominee, the way Academy members have almost always done on the final ballot, voters will be asked to rank all 10 nominees in order of preference — and the results will be tallied using the complicated preferential system, which has been used for decades during the nominating process but almost never on the final ballot.
As a result, a film could be the first choice of the largest number of voters, but find itself nudged out of the top prize by another movie that got fewer number one votes but more twos and threes.
The whole purpose of this change is to make sure that the selected film wins by a majority vote. The last time preferential voting was used for this category, the year was 1944. As for the other categories they will continue to use the single-vote process to pick the winners.
As for possible contenders, I haven’t really been blown away by any obvious pick. These next couple of months will offer up some interesting choices for Oscar bait. I don’t think this change will hit me until the possible nominees start to take shape.
What do you think about the Academy’s decision to change the Best Picture voting arrangement?