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Who says that's the best movie?

How did that happen? Here's how

How did that happen? Here's how

December 18, 2005|By JULIE E. GREENE

julieg@herald-mail.com

"Walk the Line," "Brokeback Mountain," "Hitch."

Which one of these seems like it doesn't belong?

Movie award show season is kicking into high gear soon.

With so many awards shows, it can be difficult to keep up with who won what unless you're talking about Oscar. The Academy Awards still hold a greater prominence in pop culture.

But how does a film become eligible for an Oscar, an Actor or a Golden Popcorn? And who is doing the voting?

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And how did "Hitch," a less serious movie, get nominated? (Hint: "Hitch" is a nominee for Favorite Movie Comedy for the People's Choice Awards.)

Here's an awards show primer to make sense of how movies and actors get nominated - or not, and who is really making these decisions.

Golden Globes



Who votes:

Active members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, of which there are 86.

Eligibility:

Feature-length films that have been released in the greater Los Angeles area from January through December and that have been screened for the active membership. Films must begin a weeklong run in Los Angeles prior to midnight Dec. 31, 2005, according to www.hfpa.org.

Nomination process:

A nomination ballot with a list of qualified films is mailed to each eligible member, requesting the member vote for up to five nominees in each category and return the ballot to the accounting firm hired to monitor the voting.

How the winners are selected:

A final ballot listing the five nominees in each category is mailed to members, requesting they select one nominee in each category and return the ballot to the accounting firm by a specified date.

Air date:

The 63rd annual Golden Globe Awards will air at 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16, on NBC. The nominees were announced last week.

Academy Awards, aka Oscars



Who votes:

Active and life members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Membership is by invitation of the Academy's Board of Governors, according to an e-mail from the academy's publicity department. Invitations are to people who have achieved distinction in the arts and sciences of motion pictures such as someone who has been nominated for an Academy Award or whose film credits meet the Academy's high standards. Members represent 14 branches including actors, directors, music producers, writers, executives and public relations.

Eligibility:

Basically, to be eligible, a motion picture must be more than 40 minutes long and have been publicly exhibited for at least seven consecutive days in a commercial motion picture theater in Los Angeles County, Calif., with an opening between Jan. 1, 2005, and Dec. 31, 2005.

The Academy has a long list of rules concerning eligibility in general and for several specific categories. The rules also note what might disqualify a picture. The rules are available at www.oscars.org/78academyawards/rules/index.html.

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