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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Nomination ballots for the 74th Academy Awards were mailed Tuesday to the 4,263 members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences residing in California. On Jan. 4, ballots were sent to voting members living outside California and overseas.

Completed ballots must be returned to PricewaterhouseCoopers by 5 p.m. Feb. 1. Any ballot received after this deadline is ineligible.

All nomination and final award ballots are tabulated by PricewaterhouseCoopers under the direction of partners Greg Garrison and Rick Rosas, who ensure that all aspects of the balloting process are conducted with fairness and accuracy. Both were present at the Academy to supervise the mailing.

Beverly Hills Postmaster Koula Fuller also was on hand to ensure that the ballots were safely transported from the Academy to the post office. "We are thrilled to be involved with the Academy Awards and will do our part to see the ballots arrive promptly," said Fuller.

"PricewaterhouseCoopers has a longstanding relationship with the Academy that it is very proud of, so each year we review our balloting procedures to preserve the efficient and confidential support the Academy expects," said Garrison, managing partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Prior to mailing, the PricewaterhouseCoopers staff administers a thorough verification process to make sure there are no duplicate ballots and that none is missing. "The ballots are counted and sorted, and in addition, each ballot is numbered to guarantee that it goes to the correct Academy voter," said Garrison.

Aside from their balloting duties, Garrison and Rosas also proof the nominations announcement press release to confirm that the nominee list is correct.

Garrison and Rosas have been with PricewaterhouseCoopers for 26 years and five years, respectively. This marks Garrison's seventh year and Rosas' first overseeing the balloting process.

The 74th Academy Award nominations will be announced at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater on Feb. 12 at 6:30 a.m. MST.

The Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2001 will be presented on March 24, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network beginning at 5 p.m. PT, with a half-hour arrivals segment preceding the presentation ceremony