For many years, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has maintained secrecy on the origin of its members and also its operation including the appointment of nominees and winners of the annual American awards ceremony, The Oscars.
A few days before the 2016 event to recognise excellence in cinematic achievements in the film industry, the institution has somewhat made some revelations.
To satisfy the curiosity of movie lovers, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has just lifted the veil on the profile of its membership. In a document sent to AFP, it is revealed that the respected institution has 6,000 members.
They are individuals selected on the basis of recommendation from former members who have also demonstrated exceptional talent and achievement in their field to merit their integration into the “extremely exclusive” club.
Another mode of selection is by nomination of professionals who have received an Oscar nomination. In all cases, applications from any category are recommended to the Board of Governors.
The task of the Academy is very narrow. Most of the finalists in each category are awarded by members of their professional sector. Actors vote for actors, editors, for editors, directors for directors, etc.
Some categories such as best foreign language film or animated films are on the contrary voted for by a special committee. The Academy is responsible for classifying the finalists for best film in order of preference.
However, the mode of making a choice is complex as it is by elimination. Once a winner is found, the remaining votes are redistributed to determine who occupies the following positions in the ranking.
The choice is simple for the other 23 categories as voters choose only one winner.