Academy Awards Changes Voting Rules for Best Animated Feature Category
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Entertainment news magazine Variety reported on Friday that The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences made rule changes to the voting process for the Academy Awards' Best Animated Feature Film category. Under the new rules, any eligible Academy voter willing to opt into a nominating committee will be able to vote in the category for nominations, instead of voting being restricted to a single branch.
The category will now also have a preferential ballot to decide nominations, where voters rank their choices, instead of using a numerical scoring system. This change makes voting for the category similar to the current system used for nominating the Best Picture category.
Variety's report stated that the change was made to compensate for a historically low voter turnout for the category.
Walt Disney Animation Studios' Zootopia film won the Animated Feature Film award at the 89th Academy Awards ceremony in February. Michael Dudok de Wit, Studio Ghibli, and Wild Bunch's The Red Turtle film had been nominated for the award, alongside Kubo and the Two Strings, Moana, and My Life as a Zucchini.
Thanks to Daniel Zelter for the news tip.