Oscars 2022: Who Chooses the Oscar Winners, How Do They Fill Out Their Ballots?

LOS ANGELES, California — Ever wonder how Oscar voters fill out their ballots? Eyewitness News entertainment reporter Sandy Kenyon sat down with some of this year’s contestants to find out how they voted.

It’s a question that’s often asked: who decides the winners of the Academy Awards?

They are members of the Motion Picture Academy, are invited to join by their peers, and there are fewer than 10,000 Oscar voters.

Some have names you’ll recognize, but most don’t. The acting branch of the academy is the largest, but behind the scenes they are outnumbered by thousands of other voters.

Overall, the membership of the Motion Picture Academy has become more diverse in recent years.

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“I’ve taken the membership change very seriously and so I want to really watch and really watch and not be in your phone while you’re watching these movies but really focus on some of the movies that aren’t talked about that much. ‘ said actress and Oscar nominee Gabrielle Union.

For filmmakers from all over the world – the stakes are so high!

“It is indeed a privilege, something I grew up watching the Oscars and today I am honored to be able to vote for them,” said Michael Nathanson.

Nathanson is a veteran studio executive who has been a voter for 30 years. A former Oscar nominee himself, he’s now CEO at IndieWorks: a company that uses new technology to distribute movies more efficiently.

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“It’s a lifetime commitment I’m considering and it’s a lifetime membership, so as long as I remain active I’m a member of the Academy,” Nathanson said.

We know members take this seriously, but the stars of The Batman admit favoritism comes into play.

When Eyewitness News entertainment reporter Sandy Kenyon asked if they would ever vote for their friends, Robert Pattinson and Zoe Kravitz said this:

“Oh yeah, definitely! Of course this is a popularity contest,” Pattinson and Kravitz said.

With Kirsten Dunst nominated for The Power of the Dog alongside her real-life partner Jesse Plemons, there’s no question who she’ll be voting for.

“Of course I’ll vote for Jess,” she said. “I will vote for everyone in our film. Certainly for myself too. Anyone who wouldn’t do that – that’s strange. So yes, my film is obviously a top priority. I can’t believe I’m admitting this, but I really would, don’t you choose?”

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Mark your calendar: March 27th is Oscar Sunday. Red Carpet special coverage begins at 1:00 p.m. ET 10:00 a.m. PT and continues throughout the day leading up to the 94th Academy Awards ceremony. Stay tuned to “On The Red Carpet” after the last awards show for continued coverage. Be sure to follow @OnTheRedCarpet on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and TikTok for all your Oscars news and information. Click here to download our CTV apps and watch “On The Red Carpet” wherever you stream.

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