The Oscars, also known as the Academy Awards, is a prestigious event, that every actor and cinematic maker look up to. It all started on May 16, 1929, when the first Oscars were first held. Ever since it has held such a high holding to earn an award.
Who are the judges you may ask? Well, there aren’t any, it is run by a democratic system of 6,300 eligible voters that are part of The Academy. The Academy of Motion pictures Arts and Sciences is a group of people who have been nominated for an Oscar or received an endorsement from a member, who is eligible to nominate the winners for the Oscars. To become a member you have to be invited by the board of governors, of the academy.
The members can only nominate in their own branch. For example, a sound editor cannot nominate someone for costume design, for the lack of expertise in that arena. First, they are sent a ballot to nominate the film or person in their branch. Then, the votes are counted by the accounting firm, PricewaterhouseCoopers in a system called “alternative voting” which is when the voters in the voting system “rank the candidates in order of preference” according to Britannica.The films that have at least more than three votes have a secured nomination, and the ones with a low amount of votes are eliminated. Next, a second ballot is sent out with the nominated films and the members pick the preference winner in each category. It can even branch out to pick one that is not generally inside their branch, but it is discouraged since they don't have the eligible expertise of that branch. Whoever has the highest votes overall, they win and are presented with an award in a ceremony.
How to be eligible for a nomination
The Academy members inside each branch of categories choose the best out of the rest of potential nominees. This is an inside look on how they judge the eligibility from the following categories: Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Supporting Actress, Directing, Original Screenplay, Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography, Production Design, Editing, Original Score, Costume Design, Makeup, Hairstyling, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing, Foreign Language Film, Short Film, Scientific and Technical awards. For example, for in these two categories you can see the requirements, they have to have to be eligible.
Story by Doni Palma
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