January 5, 2010

New Academy Member John August walks us through how the nominations work...

...and it's interesting to read. His complete thoughts are here, but this is a taste of what he (an accomplished screenwriter) has to say on his first year voting for the Oscars:

This is my first year as an Academy member, and my first year voting for awards. As a member of the Writers branch, I’ll be casting ballots for Original Screenplay, Adapted Screenplay and Best Picture.

Since it’s all new to me, I thought I’d walk readers through the process.

A few weeks ago, I got a printed Reminder List — a catalog listing all the films eligible for Best Picture. It’s from this list that I have to pick and rank my top ten films. I’ll hand-write the titles on a form that goes in a green envelope, which must be received by the accounting firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP by 5 p.m. January 23, 2010.



  1. Interesting. So I suppose that for example Nine's "casual" votes won't count that much, right? It probably won't get any first or second places, so there should be more spcae for "love it or hate it" movies like Where The Wild Things Are, right?