How Oscar winners are decided

It’s a bit like the “alternative vote” system. But it may not be fair

THEY are the awards craved by all of Hollywood. Every November more than 6,000 voting members from the 17 branches of the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences are sent a nominations ballot for the Oscars. On this, they rank their favourite five films in a particular category, from best director to best makeup and hairstyling. After the votes are tallied, the awards are handed out at a glitzy ceremony, being held this year on February 22nd. But how, exactly, are Oscar winners decided?

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