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Voting for the Oscars closed on Tuesday after a spending spree by Hollywood studios and the first online balloting system in the awards' 85-year history, Reuters reported.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Warner Bros., the studio behind “Argo,” and Walt Disney Co., the company behind “Lincoln,” each spent nearly $10 million in campaigning for the movies.
The online polls opened to members of the Academy on Feb. 8 and closed on Tuesday evening after nearly 5,800 members took part in the voting process.
Right now the races for Best Picture, Director, Actress and Supporting Actor are too close for pundits to call, Reuters added.
The new online voting system naturally caused some glitches in its first run.
"It's a very robust system with a number of security features," Rick Rosas explained to Reuters about the electronic method. He’s worked with the Oscars since 2001 and added that more than half of the Academy’s members voted online, despite having some difficulty with passwords and usernames.
The voting period was extended for an extra 24 hours, which seemed to lead to a higher turnout.
Here are some of the most anticipated categories of the night:
Best Picture: "Amour," "Argo," "Beasts of the Southern Wild," "Django Unchained," "Les Misérables," "Life of Pi," "Lincoln," "Silver Linings Playbook," "Zero Dark Thirty"
Best Actor in a Leading Role: Bradley Cooper, Daniel Day-Lewis, Hugh Jackman, Joaquin Phoenix, Denzel Washington
Best Actress in a Leading Role: Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Lawrence, Emmanuelle Riva, Quvenzhané Wallis, Naomi Watts
Best Director: Michael Haneke for "Amour," Benh Zeitlin for "Beasts of the Southern Wild," Ang Lee for "Life of Pi," David O. Russell for "Silver Linings Playbook," Steven Spielberg for "Lincoln"