Oscar Voting Rule Change That Might Change the Way you Feel about the Oscars (but Probably Not)

Let’s face it, almost no one who doesn’t work in Hollywood or dreams of working in Hollywood watches the Oscars telecast anymore. They’re too bland, too insipid, too wordy, too dancy, and just plan too long. Not all that long ago, the people at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences expanded the number of nominees in the Best Pictures category from the usual 5 to 10, in hopes that one of your movies will be nominated and you’ll tune in to sit through the 10 hours to see if your favoritest movie in the whole wide world (for that year, anyway) has won. The latest rule change? Something called preferential voting.

If you were an Oscar voter, instead of simply casting your ballot for the movie you think should win, you will now have to list all 10 movies in order of preference from 1 to 10. As a result, this doesn’t guarantee that the movie with the most #1’s will win the Oscar. In fact, a movie with more #2’s and #3’s could, potentially, take the Oscar if, when you total up its scores and it came out with more points overall. This is actually not all that new — Oscar voters have been using this system for the nomination process, but never for the final ballot. Now, they’ll do it for the entire process.

You can read more about it over at The Wrap, but that’s the basic gist of it.

Which means what exactly to you, JoBlow movie watcher who probably won’t be watching the Oscars telecast anyway this year? I haven’t a clue. More reasons to do your laundry on that night, perhaps? Or call your mother, for God’s sake, she’s been wondering what you’ve been up to.

Marisa Tomei, circa My Cousin Vinny, doesn't think much of this new voting system.

Marisa Tomei, circa My Cousin Vinny, doesn't think much of this new voting system.