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  • SHT L
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    The fear I have with preferential ballots is that I think those in the Academy who are way into the award season and campaigning will game the system and rank their preferred nominee first and rank that nominee’s closest competitor in 5th even if they actually think their preferred nominee’s closest rival was better than 5th. However, I’m not sure how much of the 6,000+ membership would actually do that (I was told once by a celebrity that I was way too cynical about these things and most people just voted for what they liked or who they liked even if they didn’t actually watch anything and based it on personality/narrative).

    Another issue with the preferential ballot is that we get a case of the movie/performance with the most 2nd or even 3rd place votes winning rather than movies/performances that may have had more 1st place rankings but not enough to win outright and too many 4th/5th/no rankings.

    However, another way of thinking about that is if that is actually a much more accurate picture of where the Academy stands compared to a plurality vote where a minority of voters may choose the winner because they could win with possibly like 30+% of the vote even if the majority of the other 70 or so percent would actually have voted it like 3rd or lower. That’s why some states adopt a run-off election in their local races where the top two candidates of a race where no candidate receives 50% of the vote do a run-off.  Isn’t that how the New York Film Critics Circle and other critics awards do it? They have rounds and rounds of voting until they reach like 50% plus 1? Or am I wrong about that?

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