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Glitchy Oscars E-Voting System Wasn’t Fixed in Time for Nomination Deadline

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)

Yesterday, in the hours leading up to the 5 p.m. Oscar nomination deadline, frazzled members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences rushed to the organization's Beverly Hills headquarters to cast their votes for this year's top films. Some handed in paper ballots. Others used the voting kiosks in the building. Almost all had tried to use the new (and very glitchy) online voting system, but were never sent their log-in codes, or were locked out before able to vote, or were told they'd have to wait until today (after voting ended) for their passwords to be reset. "They just fucked it up," one Oscar-winning screenwriter told The Hollywood Reporter. "I'm absolutely furious about this," an industry bigwig told Deadline, adding that he was only able to vote because he knew an Academy official who was able to fax him a paper ballot with an hour left before the deadline.

Photo: MARK RALSTON/2011 AFP