Nominations Are Underway: Voters Receive Oscar Ballots

Nominations Are Underway: Voters Receive Oscar Ballots Eager to find out who got nominated for The Academy Awards this year? Patience, grasshopper. The ballots - all 5,783 of them - are in the mail.

Voting members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) were mailed their ballots for Oscar nominations on Tuesday, and voters reportedly have until January 13th to submit their results.

According to Reuters, 15 of the 24 categories are voted upon by members via ballot, while the other categories are decided upon "by special committees or at specific AMPAS events."

In 19 categories, it takes only 100 votes to receive a nomination, because nominations are made by branches of the Academy (i.e. actors, directors, writers), and not by the entirety of AMPAS.

After a huge controversy involving the removal of Oscars producer Brett Ratner and resignation of host Eddie Murphy, this year's Oscar ceremony will be hosted by Billy Crystal on February 26 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood.

Hollywood staple Brian Grazer is now producing the annual ceremony, which airs on ABC. Nominations will officially be announced on January 24th.

For more info on this year's Acaemy Awards, check out the official Oscars website.