All eyes on vote system

Did Oscar's winner actually receive the most votes?

Now that “The Hurt Locker” has been crowned best pic, skeptics and conspiracy theorists can begin debating whether the winner actually received the highest number of first-place votes.

That’s because for the first time since the 1943 crop of films, Academy members didn’t simply select their favorite film from a field of five; instead they ranked their picks from one to 10.

“I don’t like this system at all because theoretically you could have a film with zero first-place votes win best picture,” groused one Academy member who ranked “Up in the Air” in the top slot.

The Acad doubled its number of best pic nominees in the hope that more popcorn fare would be featured alongside its usual crop of limited-appeal selections. That strategy appeared to have paid off. Still, it is unclear whether more films translated into better TV ratings and whether the 10-film format will be extended beyond this year. The Acad board would need to pass any such continuation. But those close to the board say it will take a few years to see if the experiment sticks.

In the meantime, there is room for debate over how the widened pool of nominees affected the final outcome.

Related:
Complete list of winners
TV review: 82nd annual Academy Awards
‘Hurt Locker’ wins big at Oscars
Bigelow first woman to win director Oscar
Oscars draw 41 million viewers

Filed Under:

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Leave a Reply

No Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More Film News from Variety

Loading