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January 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has extended by one day its deadline for members to submit their selections for Oscar nominations. But it was not immediately clear why it had done so. The original date was to have been Thursday of this week at 5:00 p.m. It is now Friday at 5:00 p.m. “By extending the voting deadline we are providing every opportunity available to make the transition to online balloting as smooth as possible,” Ric Robertson, the academy’s COO, said in a statement. This year marks the first year that academy voters have been able to vote either online or by mail, and there was some speculation that the voters may have had difficulty understanding the online registration process. (The Los Angeles Times pointed out today that half the members of the academy are 62 or older.) That would still not explain why they could not have submitted their ballots the old-fashioned way. In addition, the academy said that it would be shutting down the online system for two hours on Thursday between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., explaining that it was doing so “to accommodate the extension and maintain security.” The two-hour hiatus merely added to the confusion, as even technophiles could not surmise what could be accomplished during that interval on the final 24 hours (now reduced to 22) of voting.