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Sounds like some people need to educate themselves on how the Best Picture is chosen by the Academy. Luckily, there's just such an article.

Excerpt (fivethirtyeight.com):

When the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences began allowing more than five films to be nominated for best picture, in 2009, it also changed the way the votes were counted. The system is called instant-runoff voting, and it's designed so that the film preferred by the widest consensus of Academy voters wins.

Voters aren't asked to pick their favorite film when they fill in their ballots; instead they're asked to rank the films up for best picture from most preferred to least preferred.

When PricewaterhouseCoopers counts up those votes, its tabulators first sort the best picture ballots into piles based on first choice. If one film accumulates more than 50 percent of the vote, that film is the winner. If not, the film that received the lowest number of first-choice votes is removed from contention, and all its ballots are redistributed to their second choices. This process is repeated until a film has more than 50 percent of the vote, at which point a winner is declared.

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