Oscar 2012: 5856 Members Can Vote Electronically

December 14, 2012–Voting for the 85th Annual Academy Awards nominations will open at 8 a.m. Monday, December 17, 2012, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said Friday.

The 5,856 voting members of the Academy have until 5 p.m. Thursday, January 3, 2012 to vote electronically or by mail in a paper ballot. Paper ballots received after the deadline will not be counted.

This is the first year that Academy members will be able to vote electronically. To ensure that things run smoothly, the Academy is providing help via assisted voting stations in Los Angeles, New York and London as well as a 24-hour support call center during voting periods.

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PricewaterhouseCoopers will tabulate and verify the nominations and final ballots.

The 2013 Oscar nominations will be announced at 5:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, and the awards will be handed out Sunday, Feb. 24, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center. ABC will air the ceremony live.