The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences just confirmed to me that it sent out a letter Thursday to all members that electronic voting for Oscars will be implemented “as early as this year, and will certainly by in effect by next year. … At some point, once the system is up and running, mailed ballots will be eliminated.” The letter from AMPAS director of membership Kimberly Roush asked members for a personal email address that goes directly to them and not to an assistant or agent or manager or other intermediary. This is the first step towards the Academy moving up the Oscars to January so it won’t be the last awards show televised. Of course, other awards shows could move even earlier.