Academy Extends Oscar Nominations Voting Period

January 02, 2013 7:47am
Source: Below the Line

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has extended the deadline for members to vote for Oscar nominations by one day to Friday, 5.p.m. PST. (The original date was Thursday, Jan. 3, 5 p.m. PST). Members may vote online or submit a paper ballot. Any votes received after the new deadline will not be counted.

“By extending the voting deadline we are providing every opportunity available to make the transition to online balloting as smooth as possible,” said Ric Robertson, Academy COO. “We’re grateful to our global membership for joining us in this process.”

In order to accommodate the extension and maintain security, the online voting system will be closed for two hours only (5 p.m. to 7 p.m. PST) on Thursday. The system will re-open at 7 p.m. PST Thursday and remain available to members until 5 p.m. PST Friday.

This is the first year the Academy is providing its membership the opportunity to vote online. Several voting resources are available to members, including assisted voting stations in Los Angeles, New York and London and a 24-hour support call center. The nominations and final Awards ballots will be tabulated and verified by Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) to ensure that all aspects of the balloting process are accurate and secure. In the majority of the categories, PwC will tabulate the ballots using the preferential voting system.

The 85th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, Jan. 10 at 5:30 a.m. PST in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.