The voting of the Oscar winners has always had a sort of ritual, the voters would mail their ballots to the ‘head office’ and they would then be reviewed. This is now going to be a thing of the past.
Inside Movies has announced that the members of the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences have received a letter announcing that AMPAS will soon replace its paper ballots with an online voting system.
The New York Times reports that the letter stated, “The change may be implemented as early as this year, and will certainly be in effect by next year. At some point, once the system is up and working, mailed ballots will be eliminated.”
This new system has been in discussion for a while. Some people are happy about it and some are not too keen on the idea as yet. With this new system the Oscar season will be much shorter and the date of the Oscars could possibly be moved up. This will not happen next year as the date for the next Oscars is set for 26 February 2012. 2013 could possibly see an earlier Oscar date.
Personally I feel that it is about time this happened. They are dealing with and judging films that are using technology and they need to keep up with the new age of technology. As long as it is well monitored and cannot be breached it will make the voting system much quicker and efficient.
What do you feel about this new voting system?