Academy Extends Nominations Deadline to Friday

As a result of problems with the new online voting system (including log-in difficulties and Safari browser issues), the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has extended the nominations deadline a day to Friday, Jan. 4, at 5:00 pm, PT. Any online or paper ballots received past the deadline will not be counted. It’s going to be a helluva Friday.

In order to accommodate the extension and maintain security, the online voting system will be closed for two hours only (5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. PT) on Thursday. The system will then re-open and remain available to members until the Friday deadline.

This is the first year the Academy is providing its membership the opportunity to vote online and several voting resources are available to members, including assisted voting stations in LA, New York, and London, and a 24-hour support call center.

The nominations and final Awards ballots will be tabulated and verified by PricewaterhouseCoopers (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. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

The Academy Awards will be presented Sunday, Feb. 24, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center, and televised live on ABC.

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Animation, Below the Line, Events, James Bond, Movies, Oscar

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