THE IRA OF IRAS — A 50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
For the 50th anniversary in 2024, we will vote on the IRA of IRAs — the best film among the 49 nominees during the first half century of the IRA Awards.
Only films named Best Picture are eligible.
Members will rank all 49 films from their top pick (receiving 49 points) down to their bottom pick (receiving 1 point). Ballots are due two weeks before the 50th IRA Awards in early 2024.
The results will be tabulated. Any ties will be broken blindly in advance — movies that are tied will be listed alphabetically and voters asked to choose between them without knowledge of whether the tie they are breaking is at #1 or #17 or #48. [For example, “Please choose between American Graffiti and Monty Python And The Holy Grail.”)
The firm of Robinson, Robinson, Marcks and Giltz will be sworn to secrecy and the final list will be revealed on the big night, ensuring the evening lasts longer than ever. We could do it after the negative awards if so desired.
On the off chance that 2023 produces a film so undeniably brilliant that everyone stands in awe, there will be a vote among the members present asking if they want to crown that year’s winner of Best Picture the IRA of IRAs instead. If this occurs, the result will be unofficial until the entire group has an opportunity to weigh in.