The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the schedule for the final round of votes for this year’s Oscars.
Final balloting for the Oscars begins Friday, February 8 at 8 a.m. PT, and closes February 19 at 5 p.m. PT. Academy members who voted online during the nominations round will also be given the option to use paper ballots in the final round, as will members who registered to vote for the final round online. Voters will also have access to voting stations in Los Angeles, New York and London, as well as a 24-hour call center.
This is the first year that Oscars that have allowed electronic voting, which has led to a period of adjustment for Academy members.
The Academy’s chief operating officer Ric Robertson says,
“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. We are looking forward to a continuation of that trend in the final voting.”