Accountants still prepping for Oscar tally

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The Oscars must still be planning for a show because the accounting firm for the balloting process released a press release today announcing that it's prepping to count the votes yet again. ...


Continuing its distinguished 74-year association with the Academy Awards, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP today announced that Brad Oltmanns and Rick Rosas will again lead the balloting process for the 80th Annual Academy Awards. Oltmanns and Rosas are the only two people in the world who will know the identity of the Oscar winners before the live telecast on ABC on Feb. 24.

‘‘PricewaterhouseCoopers ensures complete confidentiality and security in our voting process by counting every single ballot by hand,’’ said Sid Ganis, president, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. ‘‘Trust, integrity and tradition are at the core of our relationship with PricewaterhouseCoopers.’’

PricewaterhouseCoopers’ engagement with the Academy represents a tremendous honor for the firm. In 74 years, only 12 partners have counted the ballots. In order to achieve complete confidentiality, Oltmanns and Rosas, PricewaterhouseCoopers partners in Los Angeles, lead a closed-mouth group of accountants who work on the project from a secret location for several days.

Fun Facts from 74 Years of Oscars Balloting

430,000+: The approximate number of ballots counted by PricewaterhouseCoopers in 73 years on the job.
2,497: The number of winners’ envelopes stuffed since the envelope system was introduced in 1941.
1,700: The approximate number of ‘‘person-hours’’ it takes the PricewaterhouseCoopers team every year to count and verify the ballots by hand.
74: The number of years PricewaterhouseCoopers has conducted the Oscar balloting.
55: The number of broadcasts PricewaterhouseCoopers’ partners have appeared on since 1953 — the year the Oscars were first televised. (The partners used to come on stage to hand-deliver the envelopes — hence, ‘‘and the envelope please’’ — but this is now done just offstage.)
24: The number of awards categories to be tabulated for the 80th Academy Awards at a secret location known only to the members of the small accounting ballot team.
7: The number of days it takes to count the ballots for nominations.
3: The number of days it takes to count the final ballots.

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