Key Academy dates are listed below.
Computer graphics are recognized as visual effects or via animated films, while the artists and talent who create great CG characters --from Gollum to Cesar--are not recognized as actors. But the Academy is slowly catching up, with a push or two from new chief Dawn Hudson. For the first time, electronic balloting will be available to voters in addition to standard-issue paper ballots. But voters will not be accessing their ballots from their home computer. They'll have to go voting stations, created by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and Everyone Counts, in LA, NY and London, equipped with a 24-hour telephone help line.
This year the pre-nominations phase will continue via paper ballot in eight categories that require screenings and/or presentations: Animated Feature Film, Animated Short Film, Live Action Short Film, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject, Foreign Language Film, Makeup and Hairstyling and Visual Effects.