Oscar Nomination Polls Open on Friday

Voting ends on Jan. 8; nominees will be announced the following week

Academy members have one more day to catch up on this year’s impressive slate of cinematic fare before Oscar polls open on Friday.

Voters will be allotted two weeks to cast their nominations before voting ends at 5 p.m. PT on Jan. 8. Nominees will be announced on Jan. 16. Meanwhile, final voting will commence on Valentine’s Day and conclude at 5 p.m. PT on Feb. 25. The 86th Academy Awards will take place March 2.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences’ 6,000-plus members can vote online or through mail-in ballots. Unlike last year, the new Web voting process will not require mailed VIN codes.

Members of 13 branches will vote in their respective categories, while all 17 groups can vote for the biggest prize of the night: best picture.

The Academy added 172 members this year. Although the documentary and visual effects branches saw the greatest gains, the actors group remains the most crowded with 1,176 members.

This year’s list of 289 eligible productions doesn’t include foreign-language films or docs, which have different qualifying rules.

Variety critics Justin Chang, Peter Debruge and Scott Foundas recently picked their favorite films of the year, while Variety VP and exec editor Steven Gaydos cast his votes for the most overlooked movies.

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