Our very good friend @ who runs the site NeverTooEarlyMoviePredictions has for many years undertaken the monumental task of researching, verifying and listing the names of as many Academy members as have ever been collected under one roof, anywhere at anytime. A few weeks ago we asked if he could put together a guest post to help us visualize the relative sizes of the branches of the AMPAS, so we could get a better sense of who’s in charge of deciding the outcome of our annual obsession. The explanation and illustrations were delivered to us straight away, but we held off posting during the nominations process because we don’t like to rock the boat when so many coin-flips could tip the boat one way or the other. Well, after yesterday’s somewhat stunning announcement by the Academy’s Board of Governors, that boat has officially been rocked way beyond any turbulence we could ever cause.
This detailed information now takes on greater importance, because it can serve as a baseline when we compare the new numbers a year from now — and that way we’ll be able to measure exactly how much effect the promised changes have had on Oscar’s balance of power. We hope this is more information than you probably ever thought possible there was to know about the makeup and breakdown of the Academy’s membership. – Ryan
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Who Gets an Oscar Ballot? by @