How the Oscars preferential ballot turns the best picture race into a celebration of the 'least disliked'

For the Oscars, if, say, an academy member puts “The Post” first and it’s knocked out early — as awards season pundits predict — then there’s a measure of satisfaction in seeing that same ballot continue to have an effect on the outcome. For example, if the “Post” ballot has “Get Out” ranked second, then it goes to Jordan Peele’s social satire and stays there until one of three things happens: “Get Out” accumulates 50% of the vote and wins, another movie crosses the 50% threshold and wins…
ENTERTAINMENT – Los Angeles Times

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