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What is OSCAR?

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Every year OSCAR award was becoming more prestigious and glamorous award. But getting a Oscar was not that much easy. Let’s see the selection process of it.

The Academy has more than 6,000 voting members, all of whom belong to the film industry. The membership is not easy to receive. Writers, producers and directors must have at least two credits, while actors need three credits, and those in technical fields need a certain number of years of expertise which changes depending on the field they are in.

 

The voting is also restricted to respective categories. Directors may only vote on the Best Director nominees, cinematographers only for those in the cinematography category and so on. All members, however, can vote on Best Picture nominees.

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Each film that can potentially be nominated has to check certain requirements off a list: In December, a producer must submit an Official Screen Credits form (OSC); the film must have a run-time of over 40 minutes; and it must have been screened in Los Angeles and should have run for over seven days. A film cannot premiere outside of a theatre, rendering online releases ineligible.

Voting members in each branch then choose nominees listed in the order of their personal preference. To become a nominee, there is a magic number that needs to be reached. This varies based on the number of members voting in that category. Then, auditors from PricewaterhouseCooper begin tallying the ballots to come out with the final list of nominees, which members vote on again for the winners.

Foreign films are submitted by their country of origin, and the nomination process remains the same for them.

Incidentally, last year’s faux pas was blamed on the accountants. This process takes PwC three days, and the results are closely guarded, with the accountants and their briefcases making red carpet and onstage appearances, until presenters open the envelopes handed to them.

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