Hollywood offers hundreds of movies to its audience. All the people linked with the Motion picture industry are engaged in the task of filmmaking. They put in their best efforts to make movies that cater to the tastes of the people. Artists put their heart and soul into the making of a blockbuster movie. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is the platform where their efforts are recognized in the most elegant way. The Academy constitutes of members who, through the process of voting, decide the nominees and winners.
The Academy has certain rules and regulation, based on which the nominees as well as winners of Oscars are decided. Presently as per rule 2 and 3 of the Academy, in order to qualify, a film must have been released in the preceding year, from midnight at the start of January 1 to midnight at the end of December 31, in Los Angeles (California). According to rule 2, a film must be "feature-length", defined as a minimum of 40 minutes. The only exception comprises of the movies chosen for short subject awards. At the same time, it must exist either on a 35 mm or 70 mm film print or in 24 frame/s or 48 frame/s progressive scan digital cinema format, with native resolution not less than 1280x720.
The members of the Academy, related to different branches of filmmaking, vote for the nominees in their respective fields. For nomination related to Best Picture Award, all the members of the Academy submit their vote. The winners are determined by a second round of voting, in which all members are allowed to vote in most categories, including Best Picture. Looking back into the past, we find that in the 79th Academy Awards ceremony, held in 2007, 847 members (past and present) of the Screen Actors Guild had been nominated for the Oscar award (including all categories).