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The actual balloting for Best Picture — completed this past Tuesday — is far less complicated:
All voters are again asked to rank the nominees in order of preference — this year, that means from 1 to 9.
If any film gets 50 percent of the first-place votes plus one, it wins. If not, the films with the fewest first-place are eliminated and those ballots are redistributed according to the voter’s second-, third- and fourth-place choices accordingly.
Either way, a film needs a lot of first-place votes from passionate backers, and a healthy standing as a second- and third-place pick in order to win.
But as you can see, it really is an honor just to be nominated.
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