How do you vote for the winners?

With the Oscars already here, the big question isn’t just who the winners will be. Doubts also arise about the mechanism that makes it possible to select the names that will go down in the history of cinema. Who are the voters who choose the big winners of the evening? How are the productions that will be part of the shortlists of nominees evaluated?

It’s not a simple question. The Oscars – both the ceremony and the awards results – they are a way of understanding the film industry. Its functioning, financing and promotion mechanisms. Also how the public, critics and press influence the selection. The prizes, in addition to rewarding the work of the actors and production teams, are also indications of the cultural movements surrounding the cinema. A precise reflection to explore how the cinematic world reflects what happens beyond the rooms.

Especially over the past decade. As the Oscars have lost in viewership and prominence, the big question is whether the ceremony can survive a new kind of social conversation. So this year – with a new category chosen via social networks – and a shorter program, the Oscar is reinventing itself. We tell you everything you need to know about the structure behind cinema’s most important award. Or in other words, how do you vote at the Oscars?

Who are the Oscar voters?

The people responsible for deciding the nominees for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awards are industry professionals. The vast majority, with jobs and direct connections to the most powerful points of the mecca of cinema. The members of the various guilds and unions attached to the Academy total about 10,000 artists. Of these, about 9,500 can vote.

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This year, and thanks to various changes to the Academy’s regulations in favor of inclusion, we note an increase of nearly 65% ​​in the number of members. Too, great diversity among those who have the right to vote. The Academy has invited artists and professionals from different countries, as well as women and people of different races to strengthen the democratization of the prize.