Showbiz Sandbox 137: A Revealing Look At Who Votes For The Oscars

February 20, 2012


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has never published a complete list of the 5,765 members who cast ballots for their annual Oscars. Despite the secrecy surrounding the Academy’s membership, Nicole Sperling worked for months with her colleagues at the Los Angeles Times to confirm 5,100 members. Sperling explains the method behind the Times’ research and some of the details they uncovered. Did you know only 2% of members are under the age of 40? Neither did we.

While the Academy Awards may celebrate some of the big critical and financial successes of the past year, Aaron Rich, the gentleman blogger behind All The Movies I Watch joins us to discuss some of his top movies of 2011, many of which were overlooked by Oscar voters.

If you watch the Oscars telecast this weekend you’ll probably be doing so through a cable or satellite signal. Aero, a new company backed by the likes of Barry Diller, hopes to change that by providing those wishing to cut their cable cord with a special antenna capable of receiving broadcast television. That is if the inevitable law suits don’t shut them down first.

Of course we also cover the week’s top entertainment headlines including Julie Taymor’s royalty payments from Broadway’s “Spider-Man”, China’s allowing more foreign films into the country and why Chris Pine’s salary for his role in “Star Trek” was made public.


White House: China To Allow More U.S. Films

Lionsgate Launches VOD Movie Service In China

Writer’s Guild Awards: Complete Winners List

Cinematographers Give Top Honor To Emmanuel Lubezki For ‘The Tree of Life’

Sound Editors Recognize ‘Hugo,’ ‘The Muppets,’ ‘Super 8,’ ‘Tintin,’ ‘War Horse’

Aaron Rich’s Favorite Films of 2011

Chris Pine Sued By Former Agents; ‘This Means War,’ ‘Star Trek 2’ Salary Revealed

Steve Jobs Monologue Downloadable, Free

‘Spider-Man’ Producers Settle One Battle With Julie Taymor

New Service Will Stream Local TV Stations In New York

Aero Likely To Face Fight Over Its Plans To Distribute Broadcast TV

Congress to Sell Public Airwaves To Pay Benefits

Whitney Houston Re-Enters Top 10 On Billboard 200

Rupert Murdoch Announces Sun on Sunday Launch For Feb. 26

Higher E-Book Sales Boost Profits At Simon & Schuster–schuster.html

Netflix Aims For 90M U.S. Subscribers

TV Ratings: ‘The Voice,’ ‘Smash’ Give NBC Softer Win Over a Down CBS

RIAA Names Worst Countries For Piracy: China, Russia and ….Canada

New Ticket Lottery Ignites Burning Man Debate

‘Spin’ To Roll Out Larger Format Magazine

‘Glee’: No Concert Tour This Year

Oscar Voters Overwhelmingly White, Male,0,7473284.htmlstory


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