Ballots are being sent out to all 5,856 voting members of the Academy.
As usual, this time of year, we open up the comments to readers who would like to put out their Christmas Oscar wish.
For example: “Dear Oscar, hear my plea…It’s a long shot at best but if Ava DuVernay is nominated in the original screenplay category she will become the first African American female writer and director to be nominated there. There might not have been a better performance this year than Emmanuelle Riva in Amour. And Richard Gere has never been nominated for an Oscar. A well known character actress named Ann Dowd gave one of the best supporting performances of the year.”
Breakdown of branches after the cut.