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    What are your personal views on the AMPAS voting system?
    What should they do to promote diversity?
    Which categories should be under preferential ballot?
    Should critics and pundits be given the right to vote?
    Should a minimum of 2 international films be compulsorily nominated every year in Best Picture under quota?

    Thoughts.

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    What should they do to promote diversity?

    I honestly hope they don’t do the jury system. I think we are putting too much credit on awards bodies to increase diversity, but in the end, it’s a responsibility of the whole industry (starting from casting decisions, stories to be told, the market/audiences, etc.). Sure there are instances of performances by POC that are ignored.

    Which categories should be under preferential ballot?

    It should be all of them, yes? AMPAS usually have a whole week between the end of voting period and the ceremony itself, that should be more than enough to count the votes. But I guess there rich people are too lazy to rank all the categories.

    Should critics and pundits be given the right to vote?

    No.

    Should a minimum of 2 international films be compulsorily nominated every year in Best Picture under quota?

    Hmm. I want to see more international films at the Oscar, but I also understand that Oscar is an American award. So, I can’t really blame them for not including more international films. I despise their taste a lot of the times, but I am more of the kind to think, “oh well Oscar is Oscar, what do you expect?

    If anything, people should also look at other awards bodies, like the critics trifecta (NYFCC, LAFCA, NSFC), International Cinephile Society (ICS), film festivals like Berlin, Venice, Cannes, Toronto. Countries with big/prestigious film industry also have their own awards (Goya, Cesar, Golden Horse, etc.)

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    I personally would like a preferential ballot in every category and For the techs,I’d like only the members of that particular branch to vote for winners.

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    For the techs,I’d like only the members of that particular branch to vote for winners.

    I forgot about that part. Otherwise, we will have a continuous streak of BW films winning cinematography 😩

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    I get your point about it not being the responsibility  of the academy to improve on diversity but like you said its an industry issue, but who makes up the Academy- Top INDUSTRY professionals,directors, casting agents, talent managers, you get where I am going with this right?

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    I think they should keep the things that allow movies I like to win, while changing the things that allow movies I don’t like to win.

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    Which categories should be under preferential ballot?

    The preferential ballot system results in more than 5 nominees, which becomes too much by including every produced work – It’s like welcome to the summer camp. Quality work of a few nominees is logical for rewarding only projects and performances that harness all elements of the best picture, actor, etc.

    Should critics and pundits be given the right to vote?

    Absolutely NO! It means every Hollywood star of an exuberant fan base, stardom, beauty, and wealth won’t be nominated regardless of how good their performance is.

    Should a minimum of 2 international films be compulsorily nominated every year in Best Picture under quota?

    I prefer the Foreign Film category to stand alone.

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    I get your point about it not being the responsibility of the academy to improve on diversity but like you said its an industry issue, but who makes up the Academy- Top INDUSTRY professionals,directors, casting agents, talent managers, you get where I am going with this right?

    Maybe my point wasn’t clear. I did not mean to say that the Academy should abstain from creating policies to increase diversity, but rather we should not put all the weight on them. In my opinion, there is only so much award bodies can do. For example, many POC Oscar winners still don’t have the career that their non-POC colleagues have, and for the many films about POC that win or got nominated for an Oscar, we still don’t see those stories being told often. In short, winning or being nominated for awards won’t do much, other sections of the industry should partake in that purpose because we know racisim, colorism, discrimination, etc. are structural.

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    I have one idea about how the industry can increase diversity in general, and specifically in awards race, and that is to encourage established actors/directors/producers to help market films about and by POC/women.

    I believe part of Nomadland’s success last year was McDormand’s involvement in the film. Ofc Nomadland is a good film, but even Zhao’s work before Nomadland, The Rider (which I also think is better than Nomadland) didn’t receive the same amount of attention from industry people, pundits, and even critics (it didn’t land much on critics awards). McDormand’s involvement in Nomadland, and Zhao’s subsequently built reputation, are what drove people’s attention to Nomadland.

    More industry insiders should follow McDormand’s footstep tbh. Use their platfrom to spread good words about certain films/performances, help fund films by or about POC (Forest Whitaker helped finance Zhao’s first film), star in them, or help them find producers/distributors. Marketing and campaigning take a huge amount of money. Smaller films just can’t afford that and Hollywood insiders live in such a bubble, it is difficult for smaller films to penetrate the consciousness of those people.

    Like, if you can’t depend on your colleagues or the industry you’re working in to increase diversity, then you should be the one start making the changes.

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    What are your personal views on the AMPAS voting system? What should they do to promote diversity? Which categories should be under preferential ballot? Should critics and pundits be given the right to vote? Should a minimum of 2 international films be compulsorily nominated every year in Best Picture under quota? Thoughts.

    Best Picture should go to the movie that gets the most 1s on the ballot end of. I think preferential ballots water down the academy and makes them go with safe crowd pleasuers.

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    Best Picture should go to the movie that gets the most 1s on the ballot end of. I think preferential ballots water down the academy and makes them go with safe crowd pleasuers.

    So with 10 nominees, one film gets 19 per cent of the 1s cast and 81% of the 10s, that picture deserves to win? A film that is overwhelmingly hated?

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    What are your personal views on the AMPAS voting system?

    I don’t know about the other categories, but Best Animated Feature is VERY biased towards Disney/Pixar.

    What should they do to promote diversity?

    Nominate more international animated films, especially from Japan. Anime is rarely nominated at the Oscars. It wouldn’t hurt to raise the number of nominations in that category to 6 or 7.

    Should critics and pundits be given the right to vote?

    Better them than someone from the Academy who knows nothing about animation defaulting to Disney or Pixar.

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