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Tuesday
Feb212012

Oscar Ballots Are Due Tuesday

Jamie McCarthy/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Tuesday is the last day for Oscar voters to turn in their ballots for this Sunday's ceremony.  After it receives all the ballots, the accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers will begin the process of counting the votes.

PricewaterhouseCoopers' Brad Oltmanns and Rick Rosas will be the only two people who will know who the winners are before the ceremony, though they will have a small staff help them count the ballots this week.

Oltmanns says, "The folks who are helping us only count a percentage of the ballots in each category, so at the end of the day, Rick and I are literally the only two people who know the Oscar winners in all 24 categories.  And that is kept confidentially until the names are announced on stage on Feb. 26."

ABC will air the Oscars live from Los Angeles.

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Thursday
Feb022012

Final Oscar Ballots Are in the Mail

Jamie McCarthy/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- On Wednesday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced it has mailed the final Oscar ballots to nearly 5,800 voting members.

The members have until Feb. 21 to return the ballots to the accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers.  The Academy Awards will be held five days later, on Sunday, Feb. 26.

The Artist is considered to be the front-runner for the best-picture Oscar, but given the fact that The Help won the most trophies of any film at the recent Screen Actors Guild Awards, Academy President Tom Sherak believes it's a wide-open race.

He says, "I think any time there's a horse race, anytime you're not quite sure, it's better for the show because people want to see a horse race."

Billy Crystal will host the Oscars telecast on ABC. Sherak says he hasn't heard Crystal's planned jokes for the ceremony, but, he adds, "Billy is very involved, and the show is going to be about movies, the magic of movies."

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Wednesday
Dec282011

Oscar Nomination Ballots Are in the Mail

Jamie McCarthy/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Oscar voters will keep their eye on their mailboxes in the coming days as they await the arrival of their nomination ballots.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences mailed the ballots Tuesday to nearly 5,800 voting members. The voters must return the ballots to the accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers by Jan. 13.

The Oscar nominations will be announced on Jan. 24.  ABC will air the 84th Academy Awards, hosted by Billy Crystal, on Feb. 26.

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Thursday
Feb032011

Oscar Ballots Mailed to Academy Members

Photo Courtesy - Andrew H. Walker/ Getty Images(BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.) -- The Oscar ballots are in the mail.  The ballots were sent to more than 5,700 members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Wednesday.

After members cast their vote, which includes ranking the 10 best picture nominees, they send the ballots to PricewaterhouseCoopers, which tallies the results.  Only two people know the results prior to Oscar night, including Brad Oltmanns of PricewaterhouseCoopers, who says he doesn't tell anyone the results -- not even his wife of 37 years.

The ballots are due Feb. 22.

If there's no overwhelming favorite for best picture among Academy voters, the tabulation process then moves on to a method that favors mass appeal films, such as The King's Speech.

According to John Young of Entertainment Weekly, "If there's a film out there that's divisive, that a very passionate group loves it, they're going to vote it at number one, but the rest of the Academy doesn't really care for it, that film is now going to have trouble winning." 

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