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Working as a film critic/reporter you realize something about the movie industry: it never stops. At least one new feature, if not five, is put into theaters nationwide every week of the year, and that's not even counting all of the indies, small releases, VOD, and international titles. Hundreds if not thousands of movies come out every single year and you just have to do your best to see as many as you can.

And it becomes a more serious matter when you start talking about the people who vote on the nominees for the big award shows. Because every movie out there deserves a fair shake for an Oscar, members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences not only have to see as many movies as they possibly can, but they must do so by a specific deadline. But this year voters are being given a bit of a break, as that deadline has been extended.

While Academy voters were originally supposed to have their ballots in by this Thursday, January 3rd at 5pm PST, the organization behind the Oscars has opted to move the date back a full 24 hours, to Friday, January 4th at 4pm PST. The reason behind the push is the new system that allows members to submit their nominations online instead of by paper ballot. To ensure that the system is secure, the Academy will be closing down its online voting system for two hours on January 3rd after the original deadline. After that period voters will be able to go back on to the site and submit their choices.

The nominations for this year's Academy Awards will be announced Thursday January 10th at 5:30am PST and the 85th annual Oscars will be held on Sunday February 24th at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, hosted by Seth MacFarlane.