The 5,810 voting members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences must return their completed ballots to PricewaterhouseCoopers by this time. PricewaterhouseCoopers will tabulate the ballots using "the preferential voting system," according to the Academy.
Nominations for the 81st Academy Awards will be announced Jan. 22 at 5:30 AM PT in the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater.
Hugh Jackman, who won a Tony Award for his performance in The Boy From Oz, will host the 81st Annual Academy Awards. The February 22, 2009, awards ceremony — which will be produced by Laurence Mark and executive produced by Bill Condon — will feature set designs by David Rockwell. ABC will broadcast the ceremony live from the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center.