Giving the Oscars a Shot in the Arm

oscarLast Thursday I fortuitously came upon the Grantland Oscar Preview show. Three guys sitting around offering opinions about this year’s nominees.  I had never seen two of them before. Wesley Morris and Chris Connelly.  But the sassy opinionated, often controversial,  host, Bill Simmons,  I was very familiar with.

Not having seen any of the films up for awards, I didn’t pay much attention to the conversation.  Until Bill Simmons suggested a way to stimulate more excitement before the envelopes are  opened and the winners are disclosed.

Why not reveal the order that the nominees finished, at least in the major categories, like Best Picture?

According to Glenn Whipp of the LA Times, this is how the 6292 members currently decide who wins:

“For the best picture Oscar, this year with eight nominees, the 6,292 voting members of the academy are asked to rank the movies in order of preference. Ballots are collected at PricewaterhouseCoopers’ office in downtown Los Angeles, where staffers print out the ballots completed online and add them to the paper ballots.

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  • That's the way they used to count Illinois judge retention ballots, circa 1974. Except then, there wasn't the bass ackward step of printing online ballots.

    I'm sure they could come up with some secure method of online balloting. I doubt that any member of the Academy doesn't have a smart phone.

    Then, it wouldn't be any problem mining the data.

    And, of course, most don't know what these movies are. Now, if there were an expose on how the Razzies were determined, that would at least deal with movies with which the populace is familiar.

    BTW, who is Grantland Oscar?

  • Grantland Oscar? Sounds like a Conservative, doesn't it?

    Actually 'Grantland' is what Bill Simmons calls his website. Named after Grantland Rice.

    I like your expression 'mining the data'. It suggests how cryptic the whole voting process is.

    Judges? Appoint them. Don't elect them. Too susceptible to the corruptive influence of the highest bidder.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Data mining is a well established analytical and marketing technique (source).

    On the appointed judges, obviously the retention ballot is a joke and the partisan ballot doesn't have opposition, but I shudder to think what judges Ryan and Blago would have appointed.

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