The Oscar Ballots are due today by 5pm at PricewaterhouseCoopers Office in Los Angeles. The campaigning is over and time to count the votes. Much of the counting process is kept secret, but here is a little bit of how the votes are counted. Each panel of the ballot is torn off and staffers count the votes for each category. After that only 2 people look over the results and by the end of the day Thursday they will be the only people that know the results. Friday envelopes are prepared for every conceivable winner as to not leak any information. Then the set of envelopes with the winners are prepared by the 2 partners and the rest are destroyed. Then Sunday night the envelopes are opened. Hopefully the right ones.