This year's ballot will feature five spots for best picture, rather than ten; the number of movies getting top votes will determine whether there will be from five to ten final best picture nominees. In any case, nominations voting for the 85th Academy Awards will open at 8 a.m. PT, Monday, December 17. The deadline to vote electronically or mail in a paper ballot has also been moved up to 5 p.m. PT on January 3, which is much earlier than usual. In that scenario, as before, voters had better get them in on time or they won't be counted.
Nominations and final Awards ballots will be tabulated and verified by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), reports the Academy, "to ensure that all aspects of the balloting process are accurate and secure."
The nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 10, 2013, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater and the Oscar awards show will air on ABC and worldwide on February 24 from the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland.