Can an actor vote for himself?

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  • Rooney Mara
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    Not only actors (of cours), but directors, screenwriters, etc. vote every year for the Oscars. My question is if they can vote for themselves/others or not vote at all when they are nominated or their film is.

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    black30
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    Yes. Streisand did it. And Streep’s never voted against herself. Hello Viola!

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    Beau S.
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    Yes they can.

    In fact, lots of posters here credit the Hepburb/Streisand tie to Streisand voting for herself that year. 

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    RobertoTerra
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    Yes. Streisand did it. And Streep’s never voted against herself. Hello Viola!

    I finally understood why Viola lost!  :O

     

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    GhostOrchid
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    Yes. Streisand did it. And Streep’s never voted against herself. Hello Viola!

    Yepp, that’s the reason she wore a golden dress.
    Dress Gold=Get Gold!

    No, for real…. Even if she did…. WHO.CAN.BLAME.HER????
    Viola won the SAG, which indicated she was really loved by actors, even though not all of the voters are actually in the Academy. Maybe Viola really had the majority of votes there, but Meryl had most votes with the rest of the group and though actor is the largest bunch, it’s not the majority of all members together.
    We’ll never know.

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    Marcus Snowden (The Artist Formerly Known as msnowden1)
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    Streisand voted for herself. That’s why she won the Oscar. Before she voted for herself, Hepburn was the sole winner. Also, I pretty sure that any actor can vote for themselves. If Streisand can do it, they any other actor can. 

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    Halo_Insider
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    I’m actually curious as to how many times an actor hasn’t voted for him/herself. I think that someone here linked a photo of Clooney voting for Jeff Bridges for Crazy Heart, and James Stewart remarked that he thought Henry Fonda deserved to win an Oscar for The Grapes of Wrath (not sure if he was a member yet). Other than that, I’m unaware of how many times that occurs.

    Did Streep vote for herself for Ironweed? She seemed pretty ecstatic when Cher won. 

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    Scottferguson
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    Did Barack Obama vote for himself? Or was he given a ballot with his name left off?

    That’s exactly the same thing as happens in Oscar elections.

    Jack Nicholson probably voted for Adrian Brody the year both were up. I imagine the most likely cases when nominees in any category don’t vote for themselves is if they were previous winners and they figure they have little chance of winning themselves.

    And of course members can and I assume do nominate themselves on a regular basis.     

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    Scottferguson
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    The only election I know where it is considered bad form to vote for oneself is for Pope. But that’s a secret ballot so if someone did, no one would know.

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    CAROL-CHANNING
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    Why would Streisand not have won if she hadn’t voted for herself?  Did Katharine Hepburn ever say she DIDN’T vote for herself?  Or did she ever say she never voted (which would make sense, considering she never attended the Oscars when she was a nominee)..?

    I loved Annette Bening’s reaction when she was on a talk show (Jay Leno? Letterman? I forget) and was nominated for The Kids Are All Right.  He asked if she voted for herself, and she just said, “Oh, absolutely!” 

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    Scottferguson
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    If Streisand didn’t vote for herself (or hadn’t been invited to be a member early), then she would have lost to Hepburn by one vote.

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    I was watching Jimmy Fallon back when Annette Bening was nominated for Kids are Alright, and isn’t she the head of the acting branch? Anyway, Jimmy asked if she voted for herself. Annette laughed: “Of course”.

    I know a lot of people that vote for themselves and then vote for films, etc that have no chance of a nomination. I was reading an interview with an anymous actor who voted for themselves as Best Actress, and had Barbra Stresiand in Guilt Trip as the alternates or something like that. Or it may have been a producer voting for Guilt Trip against their film, etc.
     

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    RobertPius
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    How do we know Streep always votes for herself? Did she say so?

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    CAROL-CHANNING
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    Of course, but didn’t HEPBURN vote for HERSELF as well?  If we were to eliminate Streisand’s vote AND Hepburn’s vote… would they not still have tied?  Why is it that people only make fun of Streisand for only winning because she voted for herself, when Hepburn probably did the same thing?  

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    Scottferguson
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    The part of the story that is missing is we have no idea if Hepburn was a member, or bothered to vote (she was a big fan of her film Lion in Winter and director Anthony Harvey, so if she was a member, she probably did).

    It is true that if both Streisand and Hepburn didn’t vote for themselves, there still would have been a tie. But if only Streisand didn’t, then she wouldn’t have won.

    The big part of the story is that Streisand was granted early membership to the Academy, jumping ahead of normal membership rules. If the rules hadn’t been changed for her, assuming she voted for herself, she wouldn’t have tied.     

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