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

December 31, 2012

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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.

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Holiday Box Office: ‘Hobbit’ No. 1 With $32.9 Mil; ‘Django’ Easily Beats ‘Les Mis’ for No. 2
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/holiday-box-office-hobbit-no-407124

“Guilt Trip” Stalls; “Zero Dark Thirty” Nabs Record Opening
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/box-office-report-barbra-….

Acting CIA Director Disputes ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ Accuracy in Rare Public Statement
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/acting-cia-director-….

Has 3D Filmmaking Had Its Day?
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-20808920

‘Life of Pi’ Is Second Hollywood Film To Gross More in China Than U.S.
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-life-of-pi-china-box-office-20121216,0,7818877.story

3-D Isn’t Big Draw 2nd Time Around
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-fi-ct-monsters-….

Now in 3-D, Christmas With the Queen
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/12/25/now-in-3-d-christmas-with-the-queen/

Oscar’s E-Voting Problems Worse Than Feared
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/race/oscars-e-voting-problems-worse-406417

Natalie Portman Tops Forbes List of Most Bankable Movie Stars
http://www.forbes.com/sites/dorothypomerantz/2012/12/26/natalie-portman-and-kristen-stewart-top-our-list-of-hollywoods-best-actors-for-the-buck/

National Film Registry Names 25 Titles
http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118063800/

“Chicago” to Become 3rd Longest-Running Broadway Show On December 20
http://broadwayworld.com/article/CHICAGO-to-Become-the-3rd-Longest-Running-Broadway-Show-on-December-20-20121218

Longest Running Shows In Broadway History
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_the_longest-running_Broadway_shows

Broadway’s “Newsies” Is In The Black
http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118063897/

Theater: The Best Shows Of 2012
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-giltz/theater-the-best….

Glen Mazzara Walks Off AMC Zombie Hit
http://www.adweek.com/news/television/dead-reckoning-glen-mazzara-walks-amc-zombie-hit-146178

Other Show Runners Lash Out At AMC
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/walking-dead-glen-mazzara-kurt-sutter-shawn-ryan-406222

Beatles and Presley Top List of Most-Forged Autographs
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/12/28/ive-just-seen-a-fake-beatles-and-presley-top-list-of-most-forged-autographs/

https://wordupbooks.wordpress.com/2012/12/17/junot-diaz-on-what-word-up-means-to-him

Indie Bookstore…Turns Into Nonprofit
http://peninsulapress.com/2012/12/18/re-inventing-the-indie-bookstore-menlo-park-store-tries-hybrid-business-model/

No One Uses Smart TV Internet Because It Sucks
http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2012/12/internet-tv-sucks/

Rock Stars Die Young More Than Others, Solo Stars Twice As Likely To Do So
http://www.nypost.com/p/news/international/rock_stars_more_likely_likely….

Paramount, Mario Puzo Estate Settle Lawsuit(s)
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/paramount-mario-puzo-estate-settle-406160

Emma Thompson Wins “Effie” Lawsuit
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/emma-thompson-wins-effie-lawsuit-404192

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