Oscars: Best Picture ballots are counted (and recounted) under preferential voting system

Carla Harmon
February 23, 2017

In addition to this, the American Film Institute named it one of the top 10 films of the year, along with several of the other nominees for Best Picture at the Oscars.

Chazelle deserves much of the credit for why La La Land has become the cat's meow with its relatable love story and showstopping numbers.

"The movie everybody's so hyped on, I only made it through 20 minutes".

Damien Chazelle's musical has been the favourite ever since its premiere at the Venice Film Festival at the end of August previous year, with only Moonlight seemingly able to challenge its crown.

The 3 films that have won all of the "Big Five" awards-best picture, director, actor, actress and screenplay are: "It Happened One Night" (1934), "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" (1975), and "The Silence of the Lambs" (1991). One of the more memorable moments occurred in 1978 when Vanessa Redgrave won best supporting actress for "Julia" and used her acceptance speech to condemn the "Zionist hoodlums" that had been campaigning against her because of her pro-Palestinian views. And in the end, the SAG Awards are still the best thermometer in the Oscar acting categories, since many SAG members are also voting for the Oscars, whereas the Globes and critical accolades are not peer awards. And this is hardly a case of Oscar-bait; Affleck's performance was impressive and moving, so he'll likely take the prize. So no matter what film walks away with the coveted Best Picture Oscar, someone will likely be unhappy.

As long as Academy membership is skewed in this way, Dr. Steffens says, we will continue to see the same trends unfold, with the same sorts of films getting recognized year after year.

I know quite a few readers will highly disagree with my opinion in this category, but since Viola Davis was only nominated for Supporting Actress, I have to have another opinion here.

Same story for the Golden Globes until La La Land. That said, it's hard to overlook the contribution of Hedges: He plays a consistently strong role throughout his movie - whereas Ali and Patel only factor into a fraction of theirs - and his complicated teenager balances out Manchester's relentless grief with needed humor and youthful energy.

"I will not be at the Academy Awards", said Jada Pinkett Smith.

The nominees for Best Actor in this year's Oscars are Denzel Washington for his role in "Fences", Casey Affleck for his part in "Manchester by the Sea", Virgo Mortensen who starred in "Captain Fantastic", Ryan Gosling who played the lead role in "La La Land", and Andrew Garfield for his role in "Hacksaw Ridge". Six black actors received nominations this year, four women and two men. It has also won Best Picture at the Critic's Choice Awards, the Director's Guild of America, and the Producer's Guild of America awards.

ABC will show the live events in small screens at 8:30 p.m. ET, with red carpet coverage kicking off at 7 p.m. ET.

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