Keith is now betting on victory by “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” because of the academy’s quirky preferential ballot that requires voters to rank their choices in the top Oscar race. Watch our video chat above or listen to the audio podcast version below.
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Even if “Hollywood” doesn’t receive the most number-one-ranked votes on those 8,500 Oscar ballots, “I think it’s the most likely nominee to get the most second- or third-ranked votes.” he says. “It’s a wonderful valentine to Hollywood and movie-making” and its victory would be historic, marking the first time that a Quentin Tarantino film took the Best Picture trophy.