Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Oscars 2013: Academy confirms final voting schedule

The Academy has confirmed its previously announced final voting schedule for the 85th Academy Awards.

The nearly 6,000 voting members can begin the final round of voting on Friday, Feb. 8, at 8 a.m. PT (11 a.m. ET). Voting will close on Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 5 p.m. PT (8:30 p.m. ET), five days before the statuettes are handed out.

E-voting will again be an available option for members. However, the Academy announced Tuesday that members have the option of switching back to a paper ballot in the final round if they would like. Members who registered to vote online must request a paper ballot by Friday, Feb. 1.

As with the nominations voting, which took place Dec. 17 to Jan. 4, help is available for e-voting, including voting stations in Los Angeles, New York and London, and a 24-hour call center.

Nominations were announced Jan. 10.

“One of our basic goals at the Academy is to increase member engagement. Despite some challenges, more members voted for this year’s nominations than they have in the past several years,” Academy Chief Operating Officer Ric Robertson said in a statement. “We are looking forward to a continuation of that trend in the final voting.”

With the statement, Robertson confirmed that voting participation is up this year. The Hollywood Reporter and Deadline.com reported on Academy members having problems with the e-voting system.

Voting for nominations was extended 24 hours by the Academy to provide "every opportunity available to make the transition to online balloting as smooth as possible," Robertson said at the time.

The 85th Academy Awards, for outstanding film achievements of 2012, will be presented on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center, and will be televised live on ABC and in more than 225 countries worldwide.

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