Posted by Rob Richie on January 29, 2017
It's award season in Hollywood for the best movies of 2016, and La La Land just picked up a big prize: the Darryl F. Zanuck Award from the Producers Guild of America (PGA). The PGA represents over 7,000 producers in film, television and new media and, since 2009, both the PGA and the Academy Awards have picked Best Picture with ranked choice voting. La La Land was last night's winner from a field of 10, as reported by Variety and forecast by Sasha Stone in Awards Daily. Both pieces highlighted the role of ranked choice voting (also called preferential voting" and "instant runoff voting").
Underscoring how ranked choice voting is a smart, reliable system for handling voter choice, the PGA and Academy of Motion Pictures have picked the same winner all but one year since adopting the system. Voters are likely to use their available rankings, and the winner will need to combine strong core support with the ability to forge a consensus. You can see our analysis of Hollywood's use of ranked choice voting at OscarVotes123.com and our blog series at FairVote.org.