Back from a lovely break for the holidays. I hope you had a joyous one. I love Christmas and New Years. The first is more religiously and family oriented, and the second is party time! Both include great food. But, back to business.
By now, each of the 5,777 voting members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have their nomination ballot for the 82nd Academy Awards®. Completed ballots must be returned to PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) by 5 p.m. on Saturday, 23 January 2010. Ballots received after the deadline will not be counted. Believe me, that last statement is true.
The PWC accounting firm makes sure that all aspects of the balloting processes, nomination and final, are conducted with fairness and accuracy. Prior to mailing, the 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. Once ballots are returned, they will be meticulously guarded and tabulated by the staff at PwC, all of whom being sworn to secrecy.
Nominations will be announced on Tuesday, 2 February 2010, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater. Shortly after, screenings of all the nominated films will be held for Academy members, both in Hollywood and New York City.
I am able to write those last two paragraphs with complete confidence as I was once a part of the process at PwC. I was not on the accounting staff, but I was the Administrative Assistant to the partner in the firm in charge of the process at the time, Mr. Frank Johnson. Believe me, if the U.S. Presidential Election of 2000 had been run by PwC, we would not have had that outlandish debacle.
The 82nd Academy Awards Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2009 will be presented on Sunday, 7 March 2010, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood and Highland Center®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.