The following year, I switched from a simple Oscar-style format -- vote for your favorite of these five nominees, etc., ho-hum -- to a ridiculously complicated point-based system that I ripped off wholesale from the Village Voice's annual Pazz & Jop music survey. (The Skandies predate the Voice's Take [Numeral] poll, in which I now participate, by several years; to the best of my knowledge, this is the oldest extant online-based annual film survey.) I also started adding participants, swelling the ranks with creepy Greeks, Godless pinkos, Pinochet-admiring lunatics, aspiring French dandies, and other assorted riffraff. We are now 40 strong, including the not-yet-late Mr. Skander Halim, lately the screenwriter of Pretty Persuasion. How the survey wound up bearing his name is a tale much too retarded to recount. Let's just say that it's a bad idea to piss me off.
(Also: Yes, at some point I hope to make the results pages a bit less aesthetically spartan. Alex Fung used to do a terrific job when he hosted the project; unfortunately, I see no sign that his site is ever going to return, so I decided it was time to move everything over here. And my knowledge of HTML is so pathetically limited that I'm still typing all the code by hand in a freakin' UNIX shell.)