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  • Denton Davidson
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    The recent Goldderby article about feature documentary voting got me curious about voting on a whole.  It was noted that only for the last 2 years has the entire Academy been able to vote for who wins Best Documentary Feature.

    Are there other areas within the academy that are limited?  Who is voting for what awards?  And what awards span the entire Academy of voters?

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    Scottferguson
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    For the first time in decades, this year all members are voting for the winners for all categories.

    Until a couple years ago, the two documentary, animated shorts and live action shorts were limited to members going to screeners. They now are sent to all members. This year, for the first time, FL film is also being sent to all members.

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    AnneBoleyn
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    For the first time in decades, this year all members are voting for the winners for all categories.

    Until a couple years ago, the two documentary, animated shorts and live action shorts were limited to members going to screeners. They now are sent to all members. This year, for the first time, FL film is also being sent to all members.

    I had no idea. No idea that there are new rules this year, that is. Won’t that make predicting more difficult, for people who have gotten a sense of the voters’ preferences? Maybe it won’t influence the acting categories, though, since the acting branch is the biggest by far… Interesting, nonetheless. 

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    Scottferguson
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    To be clear, throughout nearly all of Oscar history, all voters have chosen the winners for all the rest of the categories.

    And actors are less than 20% of the Academy. Overemphasize their influence at your peril. Last year, widespread reports that if only actors had chosen the winners, Riva would have won easily.

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    GermanGuidanceSystem
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    To be clear, throughout nearly all of Oscar history, all voters have chosen the winners for all the rest of the categories.

    And actors are less than 20% of the Academy. Overemphasize their influence at your peril. Last year, widespread reports that if only actors had chosen the winners, Riva would have won easily.

    Could that help explain how Riva managed to win at BAFTA
    last year? I wasn’t overly surprised when Jeremy Renner read out Emmanuel’s name
    as the winner and was v. pleased that she deservedly won major awards for her
    performance as Anne. (Was just a little sorry for Trintignant that he didn’t seem
    to receive a similar level of awards’ attention – even if he did pick up a César)
     

    Do actors comprise a higher percentage of the BAFTA voter-ship;
    or was it more to do with other factors (the European factor, or the advantage
    of actively campaigning in America for an Oscar, for instance’s sake) why Riva,
    having received the massive boost of a BAFTA win, couldn’t follow up with an
    Oscar victory?

    Are there any stats available on the breakdown of the BAFTA
    voting-membership? I can’t seem to find any. Would love to get hold of some and
    compare and contrast them with those for AMPAS.
     

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    AnneBoleyn
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    To be clear, throughout nearly all of Oscar history, all voters have chosen the winners for all the rest of the categories.

    And actors are less than 20% of the Academy. Overemphasize their influence at your peril. Last year, widespread reports that if only actors had chosen the winners, Riva would have won easily.

    I misunderstood. I thought you meant that previously only actors voted for actors. And only 20%? For some reason I thought the actors were the backbone of the Academy.

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    Scottferguson
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    That’s because this site way overestimates the importance of actors to movie making. And the second thing that is erroneous is that they vote like a bloc. They have diverse opinions, perhaps favoring some films by a small degree, but they don’t dominate the Academy.

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