Oscar voters, check your in-box as nomination ballots arrive on Jan. 5

On Thursday (Jan. 5), the motion picture academy turned on the website that allows its 6,687 members to complete their nomination 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 15 of the 24 competitive categories; the others require attendance at screenings and/or presentations. Academy members have until 5 p.m. PT on Jan. 13 (a Friday!) to complete the voting process.

Last year, voting began on Dec. 30 and ended nine days later on Jan. 8. And while the accountants needed only six days to tally the votes last year, this year they will take 11 days, with nominations not announced till Tuesday, Jan. 24 (we only had to wait till Jan. 14 to find out who made the cut in 2016). This will be the first time in five years that we won’t know the Oscar nominees before the Golden Globes ceremony. Indeed, those awards will be handed out on Jan. 8, during Oscar nominations voting.

Final voting kicks off on Monday, Feb. 13, 20 days after the nominations were announced, and runs for eight days till Tuesday, Feb. 21. (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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All members can pick up to five films for Best Picture and also nominate contenders in those races covered by their respective branches.

The Best Picture nominees are determined by a complicated counting method that is explained in detail here. The contenders in acting, directing, writing and the craft categories (except makeup/hairstyling and visual effects) will be selected under the preferential system that has been in place for years and is described here.

While the Oscars celebrate the achievements of individuals, only the acting branch is required to specify the names and films of the performers that merit nominations. They must also designate whether they consider the performance to be lead or supporting. Otherwise, members simply fill in the names of the films and the eventual nominees will be matched up with those titles.

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Below, the complete timetable for Oscar voting.

Thursday, January 5, 2017
Nominations voting begins 8 a.m. PT

Friday, January 13, 2017
Nominations voting ends 5 p.m. PT

Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Oscar nominations announced at 5:35 a.m. PT

Monday, February 6, 2017
Oscar Nominees Luncheon

Saturday, February 11, 2017
Scientific and Technical Awards

Monday, February 13, 2017
Final voting begins 8 a.m. PT

Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Final voting ends 5 p.m. PT

Oscar Sunday, February 26, 2017
89th Academy Awards begins 4 p.m. PT

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