20th Annual Reminder of Eligible Release
1946 19th Academy Acting Nomination Voting Ballot
Price Waterhouse Rehearsal Envelope 69th
John Schlesinger envelope
Director "Midnight Cowboy"
Courtesy of Mark Stephens
Price Waterhouse Envelope Seal
1946 Price Waterhouse Ballot Envelope
1946 19th Academy Eligible Releases
Price Waterhouse Coopers
PricewaterhouseCoopers Keeps Hollywoodâ€™s Best Kept
Secrets for 77 Years and Counting.
PricewaterhouseCoopers has managed the Academy Awards
balloting process since 1935, all but the first six years of the
Oscars. Based on its strong reputation within the entertainment
and media industry, the firm was asked to implement a system
that would guarantee the confidentiality and integrity of the
Since 1935, only 11 PricewaterhouseCoopers partners have
had the privilege of counting ballots, and many of those have
been long standing assignments. Frank Johnson, who served
on the balloting team for 21 years until his retirement in 1997,
holds the record for tenure as a balloting partner.
In the many years since PricewaterhouseCoopers first
partnered with the Academy, there has not been a single
incident or security breach. "The manner in which we tabulate
the results is intentionally 'low tech'," explained Garrison. "We
have found that the best way to ensure complete confidentiality
is to count the ballots by hand."
Accountants work on the Oscars at a concealed location. The
meticulous process has remained the same each year, as the
PwC team hand counts every single ballot to ensure the highest
level of accuracy, objectivity and confidentiality.
Oscar voting is taken extremely seriously. The ballots embark
on a secure path as they are mailed and counted. The members
vote and then send their ballots to Pricewaterhouse Coopers.
The ballots are counted in a secure room with no windows.
Take a look:
To ensure the utmost secrecy and security, PwC prepares two
briefcases with a complete set of envelopes bearing the Oscar
winnersâ€™ names. Both briefcases are then transported to the
ceremony via separate, secret routes with each of the PwC
balloting leaders. As a second precautionary measure, the PwC
balloting leaders also memorize the names of the award
winners. At the show, PWC representatvies remain backstage
and hand each envelope to award presenters before they walk
450,000+: The approximate number of ballots counted by PwC
in 77 years on the job.
2,575+: The number of winners' envelopes stuffed since the
envelope system was introduced in 1941.
1,700: The approximate number of â€œperson-hoursâ€� it
takes the PwC team every year to count and verify the ballots
77: The number of years PwC has conducted the OscarÂ®
24: The number of awards categories to be tabulated for the
83rd Academy Awards at a secret location known only to the
members of the small PwC ballot team.
7: The number of days it takes to count the ballots for
3: The number of days it takes to count the final ballots.
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