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Academy to End Paper Ballots for Oscars Next Year

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) announced that this will be the last year that Oscar voters will be using paper ballots to submit their choices for the Academy Awards.

Starting next year, Academy members will be required to vote electronically, putting them in line with the Television Academy (the Emmys) and the Recording Academy (the Grammys) who have already transitioned over. While the move to electronic balloting for the Oscars began in 2012, it has been a slow process to get to paper-free.

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While the Academy notified members of the change last October, they will begin rolling out the process during the governors election next spring.

Final paper ballots go out next week with the voting period lasting February 20-27. The 90th Academy Awards will be held on Sunday March 4th with Jimmy Kimmel hosting for the second year in a row.

This news was first reported by Variety.

About Erik Anderson

Erik thanks his mother for his love of all things Oscar, having watched the Academy Awards together since he was in the single digits; making lists, rankings and predictions throughout the show. This led him down the path to obsessing about awards. Much later, he found himself at GoldDerby, led by Tom O’Neill and then migrated over to Oscarwatch (now AwardsDaily), headed up by Sasha Stone before breaking off to create AwardsWatch. He is a member of the International Cinephile Society, GALECA (The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics), the International Press Academy and is the founder/owner of AwardsWatch.

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