Oscar Voting Will Go Electronic Next Year

The Oscar Statue production display at the Meet the Oscar Exhibit at Grand Central Terminal on February 27, 2011 in New York City. Photo: Jemal Countess/Getty Images

The Academy is developing its own very fancy electronic ballot system, which will be in place in time for the 2013 Oscars. The switch would theoretically speed up the voting process, Deadline notes, meaning that the Oscars could be held at an earlier date in the year. But first, the Academy will have to convince the 17 percent of its current voting members who do not have e-mail addresses that the Internet is a beautiful and efficient tool and not something that will give them vapors in the night. (Also, they'll have to prepare for hacking attempts from 14-year-olds who want to see Dark Knight Rises win literally every award). Anyway, good luck, Academy, and welcome to the future.