The 85th Annual Academy Awards Ceremony will take place on February 24, 2013. With less than a week away, many are wondering who is going to go home with an Oscar. Emma Stone and Seth MacFarlane, this year’s host, announced the nominees on January 10, leaving the chosen ones in suspense for over a month.
The voters had quite a task ahead of them in determining who would get the nod this year. 2012 was certainly characterized by great, epic, personal, and passionate filmmaking, which heightened the competition. Many people performed to the top of their abilities in the most noteworthy and laudable way that it is almost heartbreaking to see some of them looked over. However, this level of execution makes cinema much more exciting and it will be quite wonderful to see 2013 rise to the standard set by 2012.
Yet, it was not just the artistic selection alone that had the voters sweating; it was also the new electronic voting system that was quite complicated to navigate. In fact, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the Academy had to extend the ballot deadline by a day due to the difficulty most were experiencing. The site had a high level of protection and security to try to prevent hackers, but this extra precaution is what caused the stalemate. The Hollywood Reporter says that voters “were asked to create a special password for the voting site that met highly specific criteria. When they went to log in to the site, though, many said their passwords were rejected, even though they made sure to enter them correctly. After three tries, they say, the site locked them out, and they were forced to call a helpline set up by the Academy to assist people experiencing problems.” The main worry is that this new system may have affected the votes in an unfair way. Nonetheless, the ballots have been cast and the show must go on.
Check out the list to see who should leave the ceremony with a trophy.