Academy Says Electronic Oscar Voting Will Be Easier This Year

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences says its electronic voting has been significantly streamlined this year, with no compromises to the system’s security.

In an email sent today, AMPAS reminds members that they must be up-to-date in dues in order to vote, with registration starting Monday for voting.

The electronic system is changing in three ways.

First, voting members will have one user name and password to access both the member site and voting site. The dual log-ins and passwords for the two sites caused confusion last year.

Second, people will not need to type in a VIN number to vote.

Third, if the voter forgets  the password, he/she will get an immediate email. Last year, there was a customer service number to call that initiated the process, and caused delays.

Last season, after extensive testing, the Acad inaugurated electronic voting. Though there were some complaints, the majority of Academy members voted this way in both nominations and final voting. Paper ballots are still an option for those who prefer them.

But even with the more complicated system last year, it was easier and faster for those who live outside the Los Angeles area. That will be even more important this year: In July, the Acad invited 276 members to join, including many overseas residents, as part of the org’s attempts to create a more diverse membership.

The Academy stressed that these electronic changes will in no way compromise the site’s security, which has always been a top concern.

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  1. G. Jardoness says:

    When AMPAS compels the winners to tweet their acceptance speeches, let me know.

  2. ccd3476 says:

    Reblogged this on Cheryl, Freelancer and commented:
    ..will this be a recipe for government to come…

  3. Eidels moti says:

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    The moving pictures are still unreplacable, especially in the unusual sample and example of the Lone Ranger.
    It reflects a line of what one should expect from a film show.

    A real delightful experience.

    I write my impressions to say that great works of art are judged not always immediately after their appearance but years after, when one recollects them despite the years gone by. The Lone Ranger is for me one of the highest peaks of the cinema. It has A L L what cinema should have and be.

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