Oscars Extend Voting Privileges

Oscars Extend Voting Privileges

Member voting enabled for all categories

Voting in all 24 Oscar categories will be open for the first time in 2013-14 to the entire membership of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Academy prexy Hawk Koch announced at Saturday’s tri-city membership summit.

Specifically, the Academy’s Board of Governors approved a plan that will allow members to see the nominated documentary shorts and foreign language films either at a theatrical screening or on DVD. Prior to the final round of voting, the Academy will provide members with DVDs of the nominated films in five categories: foreign-language film, feature documentary, documentary short subject, animated short and live-action short.

In previous years, members had been required to see the nominated films in certain categories in a theater in order to vote.

“This change continues our efforts to expand our members’ participation in all aspects of the Academy’s activities including, of course, voting for the Oscars,” said Koch. “Building on this past season’s 90% record voter turnout, we want to give our members as many opportunities as possible to see these great films and vote in these categories next year.”

Next year’s Oscars will take place March 2. The nomination processes for all categories remain unchanged.


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  1. Mariah says:

    Extending Voting & Restricting Bootlegging of Screeners:

    Newsflash on DVD screeners. There are a LOT of members receiving those DVD that are not adhering to any Code of Honor in sharing with their social networks. Early this year, I was propositioned regarding a bootleg copy of Django while it was out in theaters. I asked what the source of the bootleg was. Lo and behold, it was spawned from an Academy screener DVD. It had made its way to the trunks of Northern California cars and distributed in strip mall parking lots.

    Now, this film has done incredibly well, grossing over $400M in worldwide box office and topping DVD sales. So, perhaps one could argue, as I have before, that bootlegging is just one arm of viral marketing, allowing ambassadors who could not otherwise afford to support their movie habit to participate in the endorsement of their favorite films. However, for those who argue that bootlegging negatively impacts the industry and that the risks outweigh rewards, there is a solution.

    I recommend encoded streaming of screeners on an MPAA password protected site where multiple logins on the same account are prohibited. A partnership with Netflix (as with the Spirit Awards) or Amazon could be easily managed to allow for streaming on smart TVs, Blu-Ray players, or over smart phones / PCs / Tablets, etc. While it does not eliminate bootlegging, it diminishes the impact of Academy screeners on the practice.

  2. A good thing to widen participation

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