Still, so long as they are all objectively voting on which films excelled in their categories, then it doesn't matter what their race and ages are, right? Well, that's provided the voters actually see the movies they are voting for -- something that Academy members have frequently admitted to totally not doing.
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No, really. When 12 Years A Slave won best picture, at least two of its winning votes were cast by Academy members who hadn't seen the film; they just thought it was culturally important for that film to win. In an anonymous interview, another voter complained that having ten best picture nominees is unreasonable because that's "too many movies for anyone to have to watch." And a third idiot refused to vote for Hugo because "children's films shouldn't win Best Picture." This anti-children's-movies sentiment also bled over into casting votes for "Best Animated Feature" -- yet another anonymous member bragged that they saw none of the nominees that year. That's right, a person responsible for judging the best films of the year actually took pride in watching as few of them as possible.