Showbiz Sandbox 175: Fixing Electronic Oscar Voting In One Easy Step

December 31, 2012


When the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced it would allow electronic voting for this year’s Oscar nominations many industry insiders felt it was long overdue.  However with a median age of 62, the Academy’s membership may not be ready to cast ballots online.  Heck, some members don’t even have computers.

Now reports have emerged that the Academy’s electronic voting procedure has hit a few speed bumps.  Members have had password problems and those that were able to log into the voting system found it difficult and complicated.  Some fear that voting for the Oscars will reach an all-time low.  Yet there may be a very simple way to overcome some of the security concerns the Academy and its members have in casting online ballots.

The National Film Registry cast a vote of their own last week, adding 25 films to its archives in the Library of Congress, declaring them culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.  Unfortunately this doesn’t necessarily mean these films will actually be preserved.

Of course, we cover the week’s top entertainment headlines, including a lucrative holiday box office, big changes for “The Walking Dead” and a historical court ruling for screenwriters.


Holiday Box Office: ‘Hobbit’ No. 1 With $32.9 Mil; ‘Django’ Easily Beats ‘Les Mis’ for No. 2

“Guilt Trip” Stalls; “Zero Dark Thirty” Nabs Record Opening….

Acting CIA Director Disputes ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ Accuracy in Rare Public Statement….

Has 3D Filmmaking Had Its Day?

‘Life of Pi’ Is Second Hollywood Film To Gross More in China Than U.S.,0,7818877.story

3-D Isn’t Big Draw 2nd Time Around….

Now in 3-D, Christmas With the Queen

Oscar’s E-Voting Problems Worse Than Feared

Natalie Portman Tops Forbes List of Most Bankable Movie Stars

National Film Registry Names 25 Titles

“Chicago” to Become 3rd Longest-Running Broadway Show On December 20

Longest Running Shows In Broadway History

Broadway’s “Newsies” Is In The Black

Theater: The Best Shows Of 2012….

Glen Mazzara Walks Off AMC Zombie Hit

Other Show Runners Lash Out At AMC

Beatles and Presley Top List of Most-Forged Autographs

Indie Bookstore…Turns Into Nonprofit

No One Uses Smart TV Internet Because It Sucks

Rock Stars Die Young More Than Others, Solo Stars Twice As Likely To Do So….

Paramount, Mario Puzo Estate Settle Lawsuit(s)

Emma Thompson Wins “Effie” Lawsuit