The Oscars: Who Exactly Gets To Vote?

Tim Butters - Author

Feb. 7 2017, Updated 2:47 a.m. ET

If you’ve ever watched the Oscars and found yourself wondering exactly who decides which star or starlet is worthy of the shiny little golden man, then wonder no more as we reveal who votes for the Oscar winners.

In amongst all the intoxicating glitz and glamour of Hollywood’s yearly red carpet parade of pomp and ceremony, it’s easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of emotive speeches and rousing movie clips and forget that the Oscars is basically an exclusive club of people congratulating one another on being great. The club that decides who exactly gets the little golden statuette is called the Members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and there’s never been a better time to find out a little bit more about what they do and who can join their prestigious ranks.

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Members of the Academy

Whenever you hear the phrase “Members of the Academy” at the Oscars, it instantly conjures up Gandalf-like images of wise men with flowing beards and long white hair. Rare creatures who lounge around in their robes and endlessly debate the subtle nuances of each movie whilst sighing profusely at the majestic performance of some tortured thespian.

Yet, the academy members are not some strange species of Hollywood eternals who valiantly guard Tinsel Town’s impeccable reputation for artistic quality and ethical conduct. No sir! They are merely mere mortals, who in their own words, “transport audiences to galaxies far away and to worlds long ago and who create the previously unimaginable.”


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