Completed ballots must be returned to PricewaterhouseCoopers by 5 p.m. on Jan. 15, 2005. Any ballot received after this deadline is ineligible.
Prior to mailing, the PricewaterhouseCoopers staff administers a thorough verification process to make sure there are no duplicate ballots and that none are missing. In addition to being counted and sorted, each ballot is numbered to guarantee that it goes to the correct Academy voter, the press release stated.
The nominations will be announced at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater on Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2005, at 5:30 a.m. PST. The Academy Awards ceremony will take place at the Kodak Theater Feb. 27 at 5 p.m. PST and televised live on ABC.