Oscars are changing rules to rationalize the election of the Board of Governors

The Academy of Arts and Sciences for Feature Films streamlined voting in the Board of Governors elections in June, eliminated a runoff election, and introduced the same preference system used to determine the Oscar winner for the best picture.

Academy members learned of the changes in an email from AMPAS CEO Dawn Hudson in early May. A spokesman for the academy confirmed TheWrap the new rules.

So far, governors have been elected in a two-step process, the first of which selected four finalists in each of the Academy’s 17 branches. A second round then determined a winner from the four finalists.

Under the new system, a single round of voting will take place in early June in which all members of each branch can run for a seat on the board. Instead of a first round of voting, in which a group of finalists is formed, the preference system – also known as a ranking list or immediate vote – will narrow the field until a single consensus decision remains.

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While most academics don’t seem to understand the system as it is used to make Oscar nominees and best picture winners, it is an extremely effective way to give voters the ability to cast ballots for their true favorites, without worrying about wasting a vote first choice falls out of the race.

The question is whether the optimized system will have an impact on the most recent voting patterns. For many years, incumbents have almost always been reelected to the board, even after the board has come under fire for rash attempts to revise the Oscar show.

Each branch of the Academy is represented by three governors, who have a staggered three-year term. Every year there is a seat in every branch. Governors who can be re-elected this year include Whoopi Goldberg in the Actors Branch, Kimberly Peirce in the Directors Branch, Albert Berger in the Producers Branch and Larry Karaszewski in the Writers Branch.

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Here is the partial text from Dawn Hudson’s email to members announcing the changes:

Like all of us, the academy had to adapt to the changing environment in the midst of the COVID 19 crisis. With that in mind, we’ve postponed the upcoming Board of Governors and Branch Executive Committee elections and made some changes to make the voting process easier for you.

In order to become more efficient and offer you a more efficient and less time-consuming process, we have a registration period from Monday, May 18, 9:00 a.m. to Friday, May 22, 5:00 p.m. PT, and then go from Monday June 1 at 9:00 p.m. PT to Friday June 5 at 5:00 p.m. directly to the final vote for each branch. PT.

In addition, the Board of Governors has decided to give preference to the voting system. This not only avoids draws and additional votes, but also gives you more choices and allows you to sort your candidates in order of preference, such as: B. The voting method for the best picture. This voting system ensures that the winner has the approval of most and broadest voters, and helps the winning candidates better represent your branch membership votes.

As always, we look forward to your participation in voting and we encourage you to do so. It is a crucial part of membership in the academy. We want to make sure that our nearly 100 year old organization continues to meet the challenges of this time and that we plan ahead for a bright future.

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