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Voting

Posted at 8:41 AM on February 17, 2008 by Euan Kerr

As we approach the date of the Oscar ceremony I have been thinking a great deal about voting.

The attention drawn by the Oscars is hugely important to the film industry (and to us, the virtual ink-stained wretches in the journalism trade.) Yet who actually votes and why?

The first part of the question is easy: it's members of the Academy of Motion Picture Sciences. Why they vote is much harder. There are a tremendous number of films nominated for a large number of awards. To see even all the main contenders would take days of straight viewing. And then if you add in some of the movies which are nominated just once for the technical Oscars, well you could be talking weeks.

So, I find myself asking, even if you have seen four out of five nominees in a category, can you truly declare that one of the four you have seen is the best in the category?

And given that how much can the public trust that the films honored as the best of any category truly are best? (And we won't even start on the pictures that should have been nominated and weren't.)

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