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THE ACADEMY OF MOTION PICTURE ARTS AND SCIENCES has 5,607 members that can vote.

There are up to 24 categories,

There can be up to 5 nominations in each category.

For many of the categories, the voting member has to work within that segment of the movie industry, writers nominating writers, directors for best director etc.

Documentary and Foreign Film nominations are made by large committees of selected members from all branches voting.

The Best Picture nominations and winners are picked by all voting members.

January 1, 2008 the awards year began.

The members get to see the films  that are up for possible selection at special screenings throughout the year.  Studio promotions sent to these members are carefully monitored to keep things on the up and up.

December 3, 2008 was the deadline for Official Screen Credit Forms to qualify feature films.

December 26th, 2008 nomination ballots mailed to voting members.

December 31, 2008 Awards year ends at midnight. All stars and films eligible had to be presented for viewing by this date

January 12th is the close of the nomination polls.

The ballots that the members use to select nominees are sent out in December and the voting members have approximately half a month to mail them back to PriceWaterhouseCoopers, the company hired to monitor and facilitate the votes for the Oscar Awards.

January 22, 2009 · the Nominations are announced

The final nominations are revealed in mid-late January, and the voting members have a week to mail them back.

January 28th is when the final ballots are mailed in.

February 2, 2009

Nominees luncheon.

February 7, 2009

Scientific and Technical Awards Presentation.

February 17th the final polls end·.All that is left now ·the Big One ·the really really really BIG ONE·THE AWARDS PRESENTATIONS and finally the AWARDS PARTIES

The votes are tabulated and only 2 members of Price know the results until we all find out together on

February 22, 2009

Award night. The 81st Annual Academy Awards are presented.

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