Oscars ballots now in hands of accountants

Ballots for the 83rd annual Oscars had to be delivered to the academy by 5 p.m. (PST) on Tuesday, Feb. 22. The 5,755 voting members of the academy were mailed their ballots 20 days ago. In recent years, several hundred ballots have arrived at academy headquarters on the last day of balloting with some voters hand-delivering them while others used express mail services.

The ballot lists Academy Awards nominees in only 19 categories. Members were required to attend screenings if they wished to vote for Best Foreign Language Film, Documentary Features and Shorts, and Animated and Live-Action Shorts. Longtime academy accountants PricewaterhouseCoopers will tally the votes over the next several days.

Only two of them — Brad Oltmanns (left) and Rick Rosas (right) — will know the results of the 24 competitive races before they are revealed during the Oscars telecast on Feb. 27. PwC prepares two briefcases with a complete set of envelopes with the winners’ names that arrive at the ceremony via separate, secret routes with each of them. They also memorize the names of the winners. At the show, the pair hand each envelope to the presenters just before they walk onstage.

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