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How PwC Preserves the Secrets of Oscars

This year PwC celebrates its 80th anniversary leading the Oscars balloting process on behalf of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (the Academy).

The firm also announced today that Brian Cullinan, chairman of PwC’s U.S. board of partners and managing partner of PwC’s Southern California practice, has joined the leadership team managing the 2014 balloting process alongside Rick Rosas.

According to PwC, they will be the only two people in the world who know the identities of the Oscar winners before they are revealed on ABC’s live telecast at 4 p.m. PT (7 p.m. ET) on Sunday, March 2, 2014.

“It’s an honor to join the ranks of this exclusive group of PwC partners who have been entrusted with this job for 80 consecutive years,” said Cullinan (pictured above). “I’m proud – and extremely excited — to continue the tradition with Rick and look forward to serving the Academy in the years to come.”

PwC continues its role of overseeing all aspects of the voting process: ensuring the integrity and accuracy of the balloting process, maintaining sole custody of all votes and tabulations, and remaining responsible for the confidentiality of the results, says the company.

PwC‘s system involves the precise tallying of every single ballot at a concealed location to maintain the utmost level of accuracy, objectivity, and confidentiality.

Oscars nominations opened to voting members of the Academy on Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, and nominees were announced on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014.

Final ballots will be available on Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, and completed ballots are due on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 (by 5 p.m.).

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