How are the Academy Award nominees chosen?

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The Academy Award nominees, also called the Oscar nominees, are chosen via a voting process. It is a long and complicated process that involves over 6000 voting members. These voting members are comprised of actors, directors, casting agents - essentially any job that exists in Hollywood has agents who are voting members. The requirement is that voting members must have a high level of quality and distinction in "the business," also known as Hollywood. If a person does not necessarily have the qualifications to be a voting member, but still wishes to be a voting member, they can have two official voting members sponsor them. Once sponsored, the person is eligible to vote. The voting process is managed by an accounting team called PricewaterhouseCoopers, who have overseen the ballots for over eight decades. 

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