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Oscars E-Voting Is Not Going Too Smoothly

Oscar statues at the Kodak Theatre, which is the site of the Sundays 83rd Academy Awards in Hollywood, on February 26, 2011.  Hollywood is bracing for the climax of its annual awards season this weekend, with British drama "The King's Speech" and Facebook film "The Social Network" battling neck-and-neck for top Oscars glory. Tinsel Town's glittering stars will descend on the red carpet Sunday for the 83rd Academy Awards, the ultimate accolade for filmmakers and performers in the multi-billion-dollar movie industry. Other films in the running for some of the top gongs include hi-tech blockbuster "Inception," western remake "True Grit" and sexually-charged ballet thriller "Black Swan."                           AFP PHOTO / Mark RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

The Academy entered the brave new world of online voting this year, and with one week left in the Oscar voting period, the reports on the system are … uninspiring. As in, The Hollywood Reporter has multiple sources describing the site as a "disaster." For its part, the Academy claims that most of the issues come from members "forgetting or misusing passwords," which is a kind way of blaming old age; the members themselves claim that the passwords don't work. While we're at it, this description of the voting system — there's only a password, basically — seems wildly susceptible to outside interference. Hope you're ready for a Hobbit sweep!

Photo: MARK RALSTON/2011 AFP