Oscar Trophies

Oscar Trophies

Ready, set, go! The Oscar voting begins today and ends Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 5 p.m.

Members of the Academy may vote in up to 24 categories. This year, for the first time, voting members will be eligible to vote for best documentary and for the short film categories.

This is the final home stretch of the awards season.

The Academy’s new rules do not permit studios to host parties or screenings for Academy members — and there are some 6000 of them — in which food and booze are served. Yes, we agree, where’s the fun in that? (It’s also a bummer for the press who used to cover these events.)

So how do studios sway the undecided? This leaves screenings with the talent. And of course there are the ads, sometimes extravagant and expensive.

Also, on the low down, there are the whisper campaigns and backlashes. Kathryn Bigelow’s “Zero Dark Thirty” seems to have fallen out of frontrunner favor because of the torture controversy, much of which revolved around disgruntled individuals who got some free publicity. (Naomi Wolf, I am looking at you.)

There are also bound to be more complaints about historical accuracy in “Lincoln” and “Argo.” In other words, let the games begin!

The Oscars will be telecast live on Feb. 24, 2013 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT on ABC.



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