Though the award show season does not kick off until September, the process for voting for the nominees has already begun.
Each year, members of the Recording, Television, and Motion Picture committee vote to choose their nominees and winners in each category presented. However, many viewers and fans are not satisfied with the results. They either believe the system is rigged or just unfair.
While we can cover all the award shows, we’re going to focus on the Oscars and how they can change their voting process.
There are more than 6,000 members in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science who are qualified voters. These members receive shortlists, which are a list of potential nominees that may include ten and up to a hundred eligible contenders in the twenty-four categories for the ceremony. During this round, members can only vote within their field. For example, actors can only vote on acting, cinematographers can only vote on cinematography, editors can only vote on editing, and so on. All members can choose their picks on Best Picture during this round as well.
Each member submits to the Academy, either through the mail or online for their first, second, and third choices in their corresponding category, which will lead to the official list of nominees. Once the official list of nominees has been announced, every member is allowed to vote for all categories.
An issue that irritates the fans is the inability to know who was worthy of a possible nomination or if the Academy has listed any big Box Office movies. One of the common complaints is the failure to recognize top money-making blockbusters, such as the superhero or fantasy genres.
A way to avoid an uproar is by putting the shortlists on the blockchain. This will illustrate who the Academy has deemed to be a likely nominee. What should also be noted is the amount of first, second, and third votes a person or film has received. Fans, viewers, and even studios will see the actual tallies for certain actors or filmmakers.
Publishing the total amount of votes after the program airs will solve a major transparency as well. Let’s say you were hoping for Eddie Redmayne to beat Leonardo Dicaprio or The Hateful Eight to win for Best Cinematography over The Revenant. By displaying these results, viewers can see how close the actor or filmmaker was to winning.
Another major factor that lacks transparency within the Academy is the amount of members who vote without seeing all the nominated films. The Academy must restrict any member from voting in any category if they have not seen the films listed. As of right now, the Academy can display data on each category that pertains to the percentage of those who saw the films or missed them.
It is true that members can lie about seeing a film. The Academy can easily prevent this. A DApp can be created where members either upload a ticket stub, invite, or screening flyer on the blockchain to prove their attendance.
The Academy, and other award shows can also create smart contracts to validate the winners. People may see the winners announced on television, but the blockchain will justify the achievement.