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article imageOscar nomination deadline extended due to problems voting online

By Anne Sewell     Jan 2, 2013 in Entertainment
Hollywood - Due to problems with the new online Oscar voting system, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has extended the voting deadline for nominations by one day.
Worried that the online voting system problems could cause a record-low turnout, the Academy has extended the deadline for nominations to January 4.
This is the first year that members have been offered the ability to vote online, but the Academy does warn that any votes received after the new deadline will not be counted.
Academy Chief Operating Officer Ric Robertson said in a statement, "By extending the voting deadline we are providing every opportunity available to make the transition to online balloting as smooth as possible," adding "We're grateful to our global membership for joining us in this process."
Since the Oscar's first-ever online voting system was put in place, reports have been coming in of users having difficulty logging in. The BBC reports that around 6,000 members have experienced problems logging in, or had been confused by the process.
Just last week, Morgan Spurlock, the documentary filmmaker who made "Super Size Me" (nominated for best documentary in 2004), tweeted that he was unable to log in to vote. They apparently had to send him his ballot by snail mail instead.
Spurlock's tweet read, "The password they sent didn't work for my log-in – and they couldn't email me a new log-in, only snail mail."
According to AP, not only are their problems with logging in to vote, but there are also fears that the system could be hacked.
In previous years, only physical, paper ballots could be submitted, via the mail. With the new system, members can choose between the traditional, old-school method, or can vote online.
Hollywood Reporter's blogger, Scott Feinberg said that "There's considerable concern from many members that voter participation will be at record lows this year because the people who wanted to take a chance on this new cutting-edge system are either giving up on it or worried they won't be able to cast their votes."
On the likely outcome of the votes, Feinberg also said that, "If the turnout is lower among older members, more traditional Oscar contenders will probably receive fewer votes, and otherwise edgier films that appeal more to younger people could fare better."
"Because of the way that best-picture voting works, it could increase the chances of a movie like 'The Master' or 'Moonrise Kingdom' getting in," he added.
As always, PricewaterhouseCoopers will verify the nominations and final Awards ballots and the 85th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on January 10. reports that the 2013 Oscars, hosted by Seth MacFarlane, will air live on ABC on Sunday, February 24.
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