Academy mulling online voting for Oscars

Earlier Academy Awards ceremony not a done deal yet

Organizers of the Academy Awards continue to mull a potential move of the Oscars to late January or early February starting in 2012 and related logistics, including the idea to let voters watch and vote on contenders online to accomodate the accelerated schedule, according to the LA Times.

A possible date switch still needs approval by the academy and has been complicated by the NFL's plans to add two games to its schedule.

"It's not a done deal yet," Tom Sherak, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, told the LA Times. "I think we would like to do it. Progress is being made, but we don't have it all right just yet."

But academy officials have tentatively decided that nominations for foreign-language movies could be announced later than others under a possible new schedule. Because there may not be sufficient time to mail out DVDs and ballots, the academy is looking for solutions on the Internet. A committee is looking at how online balloting could be done while avoiding possible tampering, the Times said.
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