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Steve Pond’s Everything you Need to Know about Oscar Ballot Voting

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Good thing Steve Pond covers the Oscar race. The Wrap’s awards journo no dives right in.

Prefential Ballot

Prefential Ballot

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The only large voting bodies who do this are the PGA and the Oscars. That’s why there is a good chance what wins the PGA will win the Oscar. The PGA are 4,500 and the Oscar voters are around 6,000. I’m including after the jump an interview I did with The Wrap’s Steve Pond in 2009 about balloting.  He was spot on.

Steve Pond unravels the preferential ballot bafflement

Steve Pond unravels the preferential ballot bafflement

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Steve Pond, the Stephen Hawking of Oscarology, illuminates the dark art of preferential balloting at The Wrap, and enlightens us with Socratic clarity in 5 easy questions. (My favorite bit: the last paragraph of the answer to question #2). Deep breath. Focus. Here we go. 1. How many votes would Avatar [or The Hurt Locker, or any other nominee] need to win the first round? If every single eligible voter…

The Pesky Preferential Balloting

The Pesky Preferential Balloting

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This USA Today interactive graphic (based on Steve Pond’s explanation) shows how the preferential system goes about choosing a winner. Take a look. So, going by this chart – the ballots that kind of count more are the ones that have obscure votes as their number ones. Let’s just say, for the sake of argument, given our ten. Let’s say that, going by the most nominees and working down (THL…