Magazine article Variety

Rules with a View toward Smaller Pics

Magazine article Variety

Rules with a View toward Smaller Pics

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BAFTA has shaken up the rules for this years film awards in a bid to simplify the system and ensure a fairer outcome.

The general public likely won't notice any difference - there are no new prizes, for example, unlike last year when the documentary award was introduced.

But behind the scenes, the voting timetable has been streamlined under time pressure from the earlier Oscar dates. The role of specialist chapters has been altered to give the whole membership a bigger say in picking the winners, and the campaign rules have been rewritten to give smaller films a better shot.


* There will now be only two rounds of voting, rather than three.

* All members will continue to vote for the nominees and winner in best film and the four acting categories. But nominees in the other craft categories will be now chosen by specialist chapters, rather than the whole membership.

* Winners in all the above categories will now be chosen by the whole membership, rather than the chapters.

* Members will only be allowed to cast their winning vote in categories where they declare to have seen all five nominees.

* In animated film, documentary, film not in the English language and British film, both the nominees and the winners will be picked by "opt-in" chapters. …

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