Oscars: Nominations ballots online and in the mail

On Monday, the motion picture academy turned on the website that allows its members to complete their nomination ballots online. And it put paper ballots into the post last week for those members who want 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 January 8 to complete the process. 

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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 which we explained in detail here. Tthe contenders in acting, directing, writing and the craft categories (except makeup/hairstyling and visual effects) will be selected under the preferental system that has been in place for years and is described here. All nominees will be announced on Jan. 15 at 5:35 a.m. PT. 

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.  

UPDATED: Experts’ Oscars predictions in all 24 categories

Below, the complete timetable for Oscar voting. 

Monday, December 29, 2014
Nominations voting begins 8 a.m. PT

Thursday, January 8, 2015
Nominations voting ends 5 p.m. PT

Thursday, January 15, 2015
Oscar nominations announced at 5:35 a.m. PT

Monday, February 2, 2015
Oscar Nominees Luncheon

Friday, February 6, 2015
Final voting begins 8 a.m. PT

Saturday, February 7, 2015
Scientific and Technical Awards

Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Final voting ends 5 p.m. PT

Oscar Sunday, February 22, 2015
87th Academy Awards begins 7 p.m. ET/ 4 p.m. PT

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