OSCARS: Nomination Ballots Mailed Today

UPDATE: Just a reminder that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences officially mailed out its nominations ballots today to the 5,783 voting members for the 84th Annual Academy Awards. Those ballots have to be returned to PricewaterhouseCoopers when the polls close on January 13th at 5 PM PT. Ballots received after that deadline will not be counted. That’s so the Academy can announce its nominations live on January 24th and then telecast the Oscars live on February 26th. Nomination and final Awards ballots are tabulated by PricewaterhouseCoopers to ensure that all aspects of the balloting process are conducted with fairness and accuracy. Prior to mailing, the PricewaterhouseCoopers staff administers a thorough verification process to ensure that there are no duplicate ballots and that none are missing. In addition to being counted and sorted, the ballots are numbered to guarantee that each one is addressed to the appropriate Academy voter. The Oscar nominations will be announced live on January 24th at 5:30 AM PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater. Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2011 will be presented on February 26th at the Kodak Theatre and televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide.

  1. As an organization, AMPAS frequently honors films showing the underdog against powerful forces. The 1% versus the 99%, and vice versa. Not so much with its own members however. You have to fork over your next year’s dues in order to nominate your peers. I guess if you had a bad year, or are cash short – not an unusual position for people in the industry – your “say” doesn’t count.Even if you have been on time for 10 years. Sorry. No cash, no vote.

    Perhaps it’s a time to rethink some of the interactions of Academy membership. Maybe members should be paid for reviewing so many films and passing judgement. Each year, mid November to mid January I watch 50 to 60 films. I do it to honor my peers who accepted me into the Academy and to show respect for the profession.

    My opinion counts only, however, if I pay up,NOW, to an organization as Deadline recently showed, swimming in cash.
    Get’s ya thinking.

    1. Yeah it does seem kind of strange given the ENORMOUS profit they’re making off of the Oscar show to require membership to even pay dues.If anything the membership should share in those profits, since AMPAS’ membership is what gives it prestige and legitimacy in the first place.

  2. This is why I object to the show being in february and their efforts to move it even sooner. Academy members are still dealing with the holidays and they expect that every member has seen all the movies? Especially movies like extremely loud and close. The oscars are supposed to reward the very best and ideally members should see all the movies

    1. 12-28-2011

      Well said Jake ! The question is: Just how nmany of the members see ALL the flicks and — better yet — how many do the actual voting on their own ?

      It leaves open to question: Just how OBJECTIVE is the voting process per member-voting ? ?

  3. Please vote for Fassbender and Mulligan in Shame. Such powerful work in a bold movie. Signed, non-Academy Member who wishes I could be one.

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