The Oscars will be presented on Sunday. This year features a new twist for best picture: 10 nominees. Additionally, a new voting mechanism–preferential voting–will be used to select the best picture. Under preferential voting, voters do not simply choose the one movie that they think is the best. Rather, they select three of the ten movies as the best and the order these three movies from best to worst. This provides additional information from which to pick the best movie, with the goal of more accurately identifying what the best movie is. Let’s hope the new system works.
- Compare Preferential voting to other voting methods.
- How Stuff Works podcast on women film directors.
- List of Oscar Nominees
- The Numbers Guy on Hollywood Box Office Records
Will the new voting mechanism backfire and choose a lesser movie for best picture? This means anything other than The Hurt Locker or Avatar this year.
What is your choice for Best Picture? Do you think the new system will help or hurt its chance of winning?