The votes will be tabulated and verified by the international accounting firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers and nominations for the prestigious film awards will be announced Jan. 16 at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Los Angeles.
The winners will be revealed March 2 at a ceremony at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center. The show is to be televised live on ABC.
Ellen DeGeneres is to serve as host of the event.
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