Inside Move: Ballots skipping the Pond

Euro voting deadline extended to Jan. 20

Are the lost Euro Oscar ballots a symptom of a bigger Brit glitch?

Many of the Academy’s 330 European voters had not received nomination ballots last week, leading some to question Oscar’s priorities and procedures.

Producer Nik Powell (“The Crying Game”) was among those missing their ballots. “I have not received my forms in the mail and was about to call,” Powell told Variety. “I am pleased you rung because I was starting to worry that I had been victimized.”

The Academy immediately shipped duplicate ballots and extended the deadline from Jan. 17 to Jan. 20 for Euro voters.

As of Jan 15, Acad director of communications John Pavlik noted, “Thankfully, eligible European voters are now reporting they have the original and the reissued ballots in hand.” Pavlik says the ballots are coded, preventing one person from casting both ballots.

The U.S. postal service maintains it delivered the ballots on time.

Unsurprisingly, Britain’s Royal Mail responded: “It sounds as though a whole bag of mail has been delayed … It is impossible to tell at what point in the journey from The Academy in Los Angeles to arriving on the door mats in the U.K. that the ballot papers have been delayed. It is possible that the missing items are still in the USA.”

One longtime U.K. Academy member sees the hitch as symptomatic of a larger problem.

“There is great confusion and frustration about voters in London. This is a shorter season, without clear front-runners, so it’s the worst possible year for problems like this.

“This adds to the general problem we face over here: There are more screenings in Aspen and Maui than there are in London. Something is wrong with the way the distribution companies are handling this.”

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