Oscars 2015: Why the film with the most first place votes might not win best picture

February 18, 2015 4:17 PM

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The Oscar winner for best picture Sunday night probably won't be the movie that the majority of voters put atop their ballots.

That's because the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences uses a preferential voting system, one adopted six years ago when it expanded the best picture category from five movies to as many as 10. The system aims to ensure that the film with the broadest support wins — which isn't necessarily t...

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