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[1] Oscar Nominees Brings New Voting Rules] Michael Cieply
September 3 2009

Here we read:

The Oscar process is clearly still in process. On Monday, the of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said its decision last June to double the number of best picture nominees to 10 brings with it a change in voting method.

The best picture will now be chosen by a preferential voting system, rather than the single-choice voting used in other categories.In the single-choice system, voters pick their film and the one with the most votes wins. Oscar voters will now be expected to rank their best picture choices, one through 10. Without such ranking, the wider field of nominees raised the possibility that a film would win top honors though it was preferred by only a small plurality of voters. </blockquoe>