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

February 20, 2012

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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.

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White House: China To Allow More U.S. Films
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/white-house-china-films-joe-biden-xi-jinping-mpaa-292500

Lionsgate Launches VOD Movie Service In China
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/lionsgate-launches-vod-movie-service-291871

Writer’s Guild Awards: Complete Winners List
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/wga-writers-guild-awards-winners-list-292639

Cinematographers Give Top Honor To Emmanuel Lubezki For ‘The Tree of Life’
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/race/tree-of-life-cinematographers-society-awards-oscars-289928

Sound Editors Recognize ‘Hugo,’ ‘The Muppets,’ ‘Super 8,’ ‘Tintin,’ ‘War Horse’
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/race/sound-editors-awards-mpse-hugo-muppets-super-8-tintin-292642

Aaron Rich’s Favorite Films of 2011
http://allthemoviesiwatch.blogspot.com/2012/01/best-films-of-2011.html

Chris Pine Sued By Former Agents; ‘This Means War,’ ‘Star Trek 2’ Salary Revealed
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/chris-pine-sued-this-means-war-star-trek-290478

Steve Jobs Monologue Downloadable, Free
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/02/13/steve-jobs-monologue-downloadable-free/

‘Spider-Man’ Producers Settle One Battle With Julie Taymor
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/02/16/spider-man-producers-settle-one-battle-with-julie-taymor/

New Service Will Stream Local TV Stations In New York
http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/02/14/new-service-will-stream-local-tv-stations-in-new-york/

Aero Likely To Face Fight Over Its Plans To Distribute Broadcast TV
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/entertainmentnewsbuzz/2012/02/aereo-likely-to-face-fight-over-its-plans-to-distribute-broadcast-tv.html

Congress to Sell Public Airwaves To Pay Benefits
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/17/business/media/congress-to-sell-public-airwaves-to-pay-benefits.html

Whitney Houston Re-Enters Top 10 On Billboard 200
http://www.billboard.com/news/whitney-houston-re-enters-top-10-on-billboard-1006193562.story

Rupert Murdoch Announces Sun on Sunday Launch For Feb. 26
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/rupert-murdoch-announces-sun-sunday-292699

Higher E-Book Sales Boost Profits At Simon & Schuster
http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/financial-reporting/article/50651-higher-e-book-sales-boost-profits-at-simon–schuster.html

Netflix Aims For 90M U.S. Subscribers
http://gigaom.com/video/netflix-business-opportunity-presentation/

TV Ratings: ‘The Voice,’ ‘Smash’ Give NBC Softer Win Over a Down CBS
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/tv-ratings-voice-smash-monday-ratings-290525

RIAA Names Worst Countries For Piracy: China, Russia and ….Canada
http://www.hypebot.com/hypebot/2012/02/riaa-names-worst-countries-for-piracy-china-russia-and-canada.html

New Ticket Lottery Ignites Burning Man Debate
http://articles.latimes.com/2012/feb/16/entertainment/la-et-burning-man-tix-20120216

‘Spin’ To Roll Out Larger Format Magazine
http://www.adweek.com/news/press/spin-roll-out-larger-format-magazine-138326

‘Glee’: No Concert Tour This Year
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/glee-concert-tour-292438

Oscar Voters Overwhelmingly White, Male
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/movies/academy/la-et-unmasking-oscar-academy-project-html,0,7473284.htmlstory

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