Oscars 2016: How Many Votes Needed For An Oscar Nomination?

Posted: Dec 29 2015, 1:26pm CST | by , in News | Latest Movie News

Oscars 2016: How Many Votes Needed for an Oscar Nomination?
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  • Number of votes needed by each category by the Academy member for getting an Oscar Nomination

The minimum number of Academy members’ votes required by each category to earn an Oscar nomination have been determined.

After different balloting schemes and shortlisting procedures, it is now up to the 6,300 Academy members to vote for the shortlisted contenders and cast their votes which will determine the top nominees for each category and eventually the winners.

All the members are divided into numbers category-wise. This determines how many votes are requires by the category in question to become a nomination.

Once the number of movies are divided by the slots available plus one and the magic number is determined, the voting begins. Members is each category submit their top 5 preferences but only the first preference is counted. The surplus rule is then applied for any movie that has become a nomination.

This year AMPAS has calculated that 6,291 members are eligible to cast ballots. If they all vote the Academy accountants claim that the participation is very high.

A Best Picture nomination would require 571 first-place votes after the initial round of counting. Directors Branch currently contains 394 members, which means the magic number for a nomination is 66 first-place votes.

If all of the Acting categories 1,138 voting members participate, it’ll take 190 votes to secure a Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor or Best Supporting Actress nod, according to The Wrap.

Animated Feature Film Award Screening Committees, a group whose membership is typically a mixture drawn from the 401 members of the Short Films and Feature Animation Branch and others from across the Academy. The movies with the five highest scores are nominated, provided they each average at least 7.5.

Best Cinematography with 227 branch members will take 38 votes for a nomination. Best Costume Designers Branch which in recent years split off from the Designers Branch, is made up of 115 members. If 20 of them put you first on their ballot, you’re in. Best Production Design with a 278-member branch, the magic number is 47.

Other categories also have their own magic numbers to score their nomination and you just have to keep your fingers crossed that the movie you love gets the most number one votes.

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