Online voting for the Oscars begins Friday morning (Feb. 8) at 8 a.m. PT and runs for 12 days till Feb. 19 at 5 p.m. PT. Winners will be revealed during the Oscarcast on Feb. 24.
This marks the first time that the academy has used electronic voting in the 85-year history of the Academy Awards. To ensure that all of the 5,856 voting members (73 more than last year) have their say, paper ballots are being sent to everyone who did not register for this new method of voting.
Either way, the ballot covers all but two of the 24 competitive categories. The exceptions are Foreign-Language Film and Documentary Short Subject which require attendanace at special screenings.
All races but Best Picture are decided by a simple process, with academy members selecting just one of the five nominees. The Oscar goes to that nominee with the most votes.
The Best Picture winner is determined using a preferential ballot; that was the system used to winnow down the nominees in most of the other categories, such as acting, directing and writing, to a final five.
Despite the technical snafus that came with this first year of online voting, the academy announced that the number of members taking part in the nominations process was up.
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