When it comes down to it, it’s about time the movie-watching public can actually vote for their favourite film at the Oscars. And that’s exactly what’s happening in the lead up to the Oscars this year. There’s now a fan-voted category where Twitter users can vote for their favourite film of 2021 — and it doesn’t matter if it was nominated or not.
Over the years, we’ve heard so much about the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and each year we see which films they’ve nominated and awarded at the Oscars. But in a move which has probably come about from the event’s steadily falling viewership – particularly in the younger age groups – the Oscars has introduced this fan-voted section.
The 2022 Oscars will be held on Sunday evening on the 27th March in Los Angeles and this translates to 11am AEST in Australia. Wanda Sykes, Regina Hall and Amy Schumer have been announced as co-hosts for this year’s event after four years where the Oscars has had no emcee. As Schumer said when it was announced she was co-hosting: “I better go watch some movies.”
To see which films and actors are nominated this year, see this video below:
To vote for their favourite film, all movie lovers need to do is post their film of choice on Twitter with the hashtag #OscarsFanFavorite and their vote will be cast.
While not an official Oscars category, the film which receives the most fan votes via Twitter will be announced during the 94th Academy Awards.
Win an all-expenses-paid trip to LA to present an award
Of all the Twitter users who cast their votes during the February 14th to March 3rd period, three extremely lucky ones will be selected — along with their guests — to have an all-expenses-paid trip to LA to present an Oscar award at the following ceremony in 2023 – although the winners of this amazing prize will probably need to be residents of the US.
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, which first published the news, Meryl Johnson, VP of digital marketing at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said: “We’re thrilled to partner with Twitter to help build an engaged and excited digital audience leading up to this year’s ceremony.
“Through these activations, social media users around the world now have more opportunities to engage with the show in real time, find a community and be a part of the experience in ways they’ve never been able to before.”
Sarah Rosen, Twitter’s head of U.S. entertainment and news partnerships, added: “The idea that a movie fan might see their tweet during the Oscars broadcast is pretty epic, and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with the Academy to bring this to life.”
Twitter users can also submit their favourite scene from a 2021 movie by using the hashtag #OscarsCheerMoment, with the winning scenes then shown at the Oscars ceremony along with the fan’s Tweets. For both the fan-favourite film and cheer moment campaigns, Twitter users will be able to tweet out their submissions up to 20 times a day, it has been pointed out this will lead to a bit of chaos and the submission of films that weren’t released in the 2021 period.
In Australia, if you want to watch all of the Oscar action, the 94th Academy Awards will stream exclusively live on Channel 7 and 7plus, on Monday, March 28 at around noon. This means you can see all of the glitz and glamour at exactly the same time as everyone’s seeing it in the US.
For more from Women Love Tech on the Oscars, visit here.