Oscar Nominee Process to be Revised

June 15, 2011

Oscar nominationsThe contest for Oscars best picture has another new twist. The competition next year will have between five and ten nominees.

It was voted upon tuesday night, by the governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, that the nominations process should be revised. This radical innovation has come only two years after the expansion of the best picture category from five to ten nominations.

However, the specific number of best-picture nominees that emerge from the ACAD’s changes to the voting process will not be announced until Jan 24th, the day the nominations are revealed.

One of the Academy’s presidents Tom Sherak said, “With the help of PricewaterhouseCoopers, we’ve been looking not just at what happened over the past two years, but at what would have happened if we had been selecting ten nominees for the past ten years.”

Under the new voting system, the best picture nominees will need to have received at minimum 5% of first-place votes from AMPAS members, thus resulting between five and ten nominees. It was Academy executive Bruce Davis who recommended the change, first to Sherak and new CEO Dawn Hudson, and lastly to the governors.

It was noted in the announcement that the average percentage of first-place received by the movie with the most votes was 20.5%. Bruce Davis said, “I’m studying the data, what stood out was that academy members had regularly shown a strong admiration for more than five movies. A best picture nomination should be an indication of extraordinary merit. If there are only eight pictures that truly earn that honor in a given year, we shouldn’t feel an obligation to round out the number.”

However, the preferential balloting system presently in use, despite the number of nominees, will remain in-place to ensure that the winning picture has the endorsement of more than half of all votes.

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