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Who determines the Oscars? Meet an Academy voter

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Tom Brook is a New York-based journalist who has reported on film and the movie industry for BBC News since 1985. He has presented Talking Movies on BBC World News since 1999.

Most Academy members aren’t movie stars or high-profile directors. Many are behind-the-scenes artists and technicians. Tom Brook talks to one who’ll be voting.

Who determines who wins an Oscar? Well, it is the 6,000 voting members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences who watch the nominated films each year and cast their ballots. The membership includes well known movie stars and top directors, but also a range of film industry professionals from costume designers to editors. The Academy's membership is concentrated in Los Angeles but there are significant groups of Oscar voters in New York and, to a lesser extent, London.

Tom Brook profiles editor Lee Percy, who has been an Academy member since 2002. He gives his inside view on the voting process, which he takes very seriously.

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