This year at the Emmy Awards, there are lots of extended fields (i.e. categories with seven nominees instead of the usual six). This is actually fairly common at the Emmys, since the rule is that if the sixth and seventh top vote-getters are within 2% of each other, both are nominated.
However, I’m unfamiliar with the rule regarding the Oscars. Are extended fields allowed, and if yes, what is the rule?
Has it ever happened before? Are there years where you think it should have happened?
Interesting question Beau. The number of nominees for each category is preset (although in a couple of cases with a different kind of scoring with fewer entries, a couple special rules kick in that can decrease the #).
Because of the preferential balloting for Oscar noms, the system works out so there can’t be ties (this all relates to the insanely complicated accounting system they use). And close never counts for them.
For best picture as we know, any nominee if they get over a mimimum of 5 needs to appear on a minimum # of ballots, which is why since this was added as a factor we’ve had 9 nominees the last two years, not 10.
The Academy historically has been more consistent and rigid in their overall rules. This is another example.
If more nominees were allowed, it could affect the winner. Since except for BP only a plurality (the most votes, even if only 25% or ever less in a close race) rather than a consensus choice wins. Adding a sixth or seventh nominee that only get a few votes in some cases could take away enough votes from the otherwise top vote getter, and mean even fewer total votes are required to win.
I personally think all categories should be preferential, but I doubt that ever happens.
I like how the Emmys preferentially vote, but they seriously need to take a page from the Oscars’ book in terms of number of nominations. “Ties” (that are not actually ties, by the way) are stupid and the Emmys will never be as prestigious as they should be with their absurd number of nominees and categories.