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By Joey Magidson

Film Contributor

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It’s almost impossible to win any election with less than 50 percent of the vote. Even in small-scale elections, you need to at least be in the very high 40s to have a shot. Majority traditionally rules … except, of course, when it comes to voting for Best Picture. There we have a notable and quirky exception.

Last year, the Academy again replaced its rules for selecting Best Picture nominees. What used to be a guaranteed five and then 10 slots has now become a process that yields anywhere from five to 10 nominees, depending on how the submitted ballots turn out. The easiest way to become a nominee these days? Convincing 5 percent of the voters to put your film No. 1 on their ballot.

The intent here is to reward those movies with a passionate fan base and at least a core group of devoted lovers, as opposed »

- Joey Magidson

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