Minnesota director pulls back curtain on voting for the Oscars
In a year when the magic of movies took us everywhere from the Emerald Isle to Graceland, David Burton Morris has more of an interest in honoring outstanding achievements in filmmaking than most.
After Morris directed 3 well-received independent films, two of them in Minnesota including Patti Rocks, in the ’70s and ’80s, he joined the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 1989. As one of the 9,500 or so eligible members, he’s one of the industry professionals who gets to vote on the Academy Awards.
Morris says instead of using paper ballots like in the past, these days members watch most of the nominated movies and do all of their voting online.
In the first round, members-only vote for the category of their craft, like director or actor, and best picture, to whittle down a list of nominees.
Then in the final round, they vote for all the categories, which he did a couple of days ago. Morris says he’s voted for 6 of the last 9 best picture winners, and while he can’t say which one he cast his ballot for this year, he gives the entire experience two thumbs up.