On Monday (Feb. 13), the motion picture academy turned on the website that allows its 6,687 members to complete their ballots online. And it put paper ballots into the post earlier this week for those members who requested to fill them in by hand. Either way, the ballot covers all 24 competitive categories. Academy members have until 5 p.m. PT on Tuesday, Feb. 21 to complete the process with the Oscars taking place five days later.
All members are asked to rank the nine nominees for Best Picture and choose one nominee in each of the other 23 races (all of these have five contenders but for Makeup & Hairstyling which has three). While the Best Picture winner is chosen by a complicated counting method, the others are determined by a simple popular vote.
Final voting kicks off 20 days after the nominations were announced on Jan. 24, and runs for eight days (Last year, the gap till final voting began was 29 days and that then lasted 12 days from Feb. 12 to Feb. 23).
The 89th annual edition of these kudos will take place on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2017. This means the countdown from nominations to winners will be 35 days; that is down from 45 days last year.
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