Interestingly, the movie doesn’t have to be any of the films already nominated for an Academy Award, but the winning film will be recognized in some capacity at the awards ceremony. It’s unclear if this will mean a small mention between award segments or something more notable.
Starting Monday, fans can vote for their favorite 2021 film using the hashtag #OscarsFanFavorite. The film that receives the most support by March 3 will be recognized during the March 27 broadcast.
Three Twitter users who use the hashtag will also be given an all-expenses-paid trip to next year’s Academy Awards to present an Oscar. Each user’s guests will also be included.
It’s worth noting that a “fan-favorite” film isn’t recognized as a formal Oscar award, so don’t expect to see the words “Oscar-Winning Spider-Man: No Way Home” in the future. That said, it will give fans a chance to weigh in on films that they feel were snubbed of an Oscar nod, like Denis Villenueve’s Dune: Part One.
Fans will also be able to vote for their favorite scene from a 2021 film using #OscarsCheerMoment. The winning clip will be shown at the Academy Awards alongside fan tweets, while five Twitter users will be awarded prize packages including a year of free movie tickets to a theater of their choice, free membership to movie subscription services, and Academy Awards memorabilia.
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If you were worried that Twitter might get a little spammy during the next week, you’re right on the money. The Academy Awards says users are allowed to tweet their favorite movie up to 20 times per day. In case you were wondering, that’s 360 tweets per user between now and the end of the event.
Joseph Knoop is a writer/producer/fan-favorite for IGN.