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    The category is getting major flack, but I think it can work, if done properly.

    I am assuming that the category is an audience award, like what we see at film festivals, like Toronto or Sundance.

    Here’s my idea:

    – If you want to vote for this category, you have to go online, register, and pay an entrance/membership fee.
    – You must be at least 17 years to be a member.
    – Every member receives a ballot in the mail and must return the ballot via mail or online submission.
    – Voters rank their top 10 films from best to worst. The top 10 films with the most points becomes the nominees.

    I do agree that formatting like the MTV Movie Awards or People’s Choice awards be extremely bad. But it would be interesting to see an “audience award”, where we get to compare the public’s favorite films and the Academy’s favorite films. I would be open to the concept of giving voting members for the “Popular film” category, the ability to get discount on movie tickets or the ability to stream the films nominated for best picture, director, screenplay at the Globes and Critics Choice awards.

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    Pulp
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    The only way they could make this award any worse is by letting the public vote on it.

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    Miles
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    I did not assume that it was an audience award, but the point of the Oscars is that the winners/nominees are chosen by the film industry’s respected and experienced peers. If you want audience opinion, there are other award shows for that.

    Also, why is the line drawn at 17 and not 18? Seems random lol

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    GMonty777
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    I did not assume that it was an audience award, but the point of the Oscars is that the winners/nominees are chosen by the film industry’s respected and experienced peers. If you want audience opinion, there are other award shows for that.

    Also, why is the line drawn at 17 and not 18? Seems random lol

    17 is when you can see any movie you want without parental permission or having to pay somebody to pretend to be your mother or father for two hours.

    The Audience award would give a sense that the viewer plays a role in the awards, and they get to pick their favorites and contrast them with the Academy picks. Don’t you wish you’re an Academy member? The award, if done the way I propose, would ADD ROOTING INTEREST to the ceremony. The more you invest in the viewer, the more people will watch.

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    GMonty777
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    The only way they could make this award any worse is by letting the public vote on it.

    Why is that? An Audience Awards would increase viewership and make people feel like they are apart of the Oscars.

    It’s just one category.

    Do you object to Toronto and Sundance doing an Audience award for film and documentary?

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    Should they just have Best Independent Motion Picture & Best Popular Motion Picture with 5 nominees each?

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    GMonty777
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    Should they just have Best Independent Motion Picture & Best Popular Motion Picture with 5 nominees each?

    No. I think they should just have each Academy member submit their top 10 films, and the 10 films with the most points becomes the nominees.

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    Makuta Teridax
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    The only way they could make this award any worse is by letting the public vote on it.

    The only way this award can work at all is if the public votes on it. Then the Oscars can finally have their version of what I think is a much-needed “audience award.”

    For your Goldderby Film Awards consideration: Isle of Dogs for every category, especially Music Score for Alexandre Desplat!

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    Makuta Teridax
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    Should they just have Best Independent Motion Picture & Best Popular Motion Picture with 5 nominees each?

    What about popular independent films? Whiplash, Memento, Nightcrawler, and Juno were pretty damn popular and those were all indies.

    For your Goldderby Film Awards consideration: Isle of Dogs for every category, especially Music Score for Alexandre Desplat!

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    I’m New Here, You Don’t Know Me
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    Should they just have Best Independent Motion Picture & Best Popular Motion Picture with 5 nominees each?

    What about popular independent films? Whiplash, Memento, Nightcrawler, and Juno were pretty damn popular and those were all indies.

    It would have to be Independent and Studio to avoid confusion.

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    Miles
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    I did not assume that it was an audience award, but the point of the Oscars is that the winners/nominees are chosen by the film industry’s respected and experienced peers. If you want audience opinion, there are other award shows for that.

    Also, why is the line drawn at 17 and not 18? Seems random lol

    17 is when you can see any movie you want without parental permission or having to pay somebody to pretend to be your mother or father for two hours.

    The Audience award would give a sense that the viewer plays a role in the awards, and they get to pick their favorites and contrast them with the Academy picks. Don’t you wish you’re an Academy member? The award, if done the way I propose, would ADD ROOTING INTEREST to the ceremony. The more you invest in the viewer, the more people will watch.

    Thank you for clarifying about the age distinction, although I think practically, if this were to go into effect, the Oscars would want you to be 18.

    And of course, I want to be an Academy member but I realize that I don’t see enough movies nor am knowledgable enough in film to be voting. And that would be the case for the vast majority of people voting.

    And who says that people can’t root for movies they like? You don’t have to vote for a movie to root for one, just like you have no effect on the success of a sports team but you still root for them anyway.

    I really just think this proposition goes against the allure and prestige that have traditionally surrounded the Oscars.

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    GMonty777
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    Thank you for clarifying about the age distinction, although I think practically, if this were to go into effect, the Oscars would want you to be 18.

    No problem. Age distinction is important. You want people who have basic educational knowledge. You want people who can see any movie they want without parental supervisor. 17-21 is a good starting range in my view.

    And of course, I want to be an Academy member but I realize that I don’t see enough movies nor am knowledgable enough in film to be voting. And that would be the case for the vast majority of people voting.

    If you were a member (audience award) and you probably have to see a lot of movies in a year in order to legitimately vote. For those who cannot make that commitment, wouldn’t be eligible to vote. Pure and simple.

    And lets not pretend that Academy members watch all 350 eligible films in a year. They vote based on publicity and movies studios send them copies of.

    And who says that people can’t root for movies they like? You don’t have to vote for a movie to root for one, just like you have no effect on the success of a sports team but you still root for them anyway.

    Never made that argument. My point here is that it INCREASES interest in the Oscars. It would bring in VIEWERSHIP.

    I really just think this proposition goes against the allure and prestige that have traditionally surrounded the Oscars.

    Do you think having an audience award at Toronto and Sundance makes their stature less meaningful?

    I just think it would be interesting to see a “fan vote” category.

    To me, this is the best way to handle an audience award (expand on my previous proposal:

    – Pay an entrance/membership fee.
    – Must be X age.
    – Will only receive ballot, if they watch at least 20 films that season.
    – Supply them a credit card, so the Academy can keep track of the films they saw.

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    Miles
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    The reason why I don’t equate the proposed Oscars audience award to Sundance and Toronto is that everyone who is at Sundance and Toronto and other festivals of its kind is there to see the movies, paid a lot of money to be there, and are seriously invested in film. They might not get to see all the films but just by being there are able to make an educated vote.

    Having a select jury and a vote from the audience is what the festival is meant to be, it’s meant to be celebratory and collaborative and encourage film.

    While I think that an audience vote might be the best case scenario out of the popular film category, I think the Oscars, by representing the most revered in the industry, should be setting out to make their own decisions uniformally for the awards.

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    The only way this can work is by forgetting about it.

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    The only way they could make this award any worse is by letting the public vote on it.

    Why is that? An Audience Awards would increase viewership and make people feel like they are apart of the Oscars.

    It’s just one category.

    Do you object to Toronto and Sundance doing an Audience award for film and documentary?

    how would it increase viewers ??? who cares about the producer for Black panther or Avengers … its not like Chris Hemsworth or Chadwick Boseman will win an award …Its just Kevin Feige

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