There are currently almost 6,000 members in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). These people are professionals who have worked in the film industry and every year it is their votes which decide the films and individuals which receive Oscar nominations. Each member will select 5 nominees in the category of their work, and they also select nominees for best picture. These votes are tabulated and the people and films that get the most votes end up with the nominations, which are then voted on again by the Academy to select the winners.
It’s not an easy task to sift through hundreds of films a year to determine which ones are the “best”. Consider that each of the nearly 6,000 voters this year brings their own unique experiences and perspectives to the process. Films that may appeal to one person, may not appeal to another. Some voters may be more in tune with current filmmaking trends, whereas others prefer traditional techniques and styles. From this procedure, you can also see how word-of-mouth popularity, film advertising, and even bad publicity can come into play. This process has been in place now for 9 decades, and during that time it’s no surprise that a few great films and filmmakers have been left without a deserving Oscar nomination. Likewise, it’s no surprise that there have been some nominees and winners that just seem out of place.
This year is as wide open as any year in recent memory. Only a few categories seem to have certain winners, and even those candidates who seemed like a sure thing a month ago are now 2nd or 3rd most likely to secure the win. The Academy’s push to increase diversity among both voters and winners has seemingly resulted in a greater variety of the kinds of films and filmmakers that have been nominated. But will this translate into different types of films and filmmakers winning these awards, compared to what we’ve seen traditionally? This is what makes Oscar season so exciting!
Here we try our best to get inside of the minds of voters based on the events of the last couple months. Below are our Oscar predictions, followed by the picks we want to win. Rarely do we agree, and rarely is the film we think will win the film we want to win in a given category. Who will make the most correct picks and be named “Oscar King” for this year?
Of course, who we think will win is not the same as who we want to win. Although there were some notable snubs, here is what the winners would look like if each of us had our way:
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