How Oscar Voting Really Works: Critics’ Top 10 Lists Would Produce These 7 Best Picture Nominees


We tabulated more than 200 Top 10 lists as if they were Oscar ballots, and came up with a smaller-than-usual slate of nominees

Oscars voting begins on Thursday and runs through Tuesday, Jan. 7, a six-day voting period that is the shortest ever for members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. And with the start of voting, that means it’s time for another annual tradition: I’ll explain how Oscar voting really works.

This time around, I’m going to use the Oscar process — which the Academy calls preferential voting but is more widely known as ranked-choice voting — to re-count the critics’ Top 10 lists compiled on the Metacritic website.

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Steve Pond

Awards Editor • • Twitter: @stevepond