Decoding The Oscar Voting System

A Hollywood insider unscrambles The Academy's 73 year-old nomination process

Nominations for the 81st Academy Awards ceremony were announced this morning with the usual pomp and glamour that only the Oscars can bring. But now that the contenders have been chosen Timothy Gray, editor of Variety, sorts through the secrecy of the process from the minute accountants at PricewaterhouseCoopers assemble the ballots to how the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences uses the same “preferential voting system” Australia uses during political elections.