Oscar nomination ballots sent to voters

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Monday sent out Oscar ballots to its members, who will select the nominees for Hollywood's top film honors.

The academy's 5,755 voting members must cast their ballots to determine the Oscar nominations, which will be announced on January 25.

The 83rd Academy Awards show, when the winners will made known, is to to be held on February 27.

Completed Oscar nomination ballots must be sent to the professional accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers by January 14.

The company tabulates the ballots to "ensure that all aspects of the balloting process are conducted with fairness and accuracy," the Academy said in a statement.

Actors James Franco - star of Danny Boyle's latest movie "127 Hours" - and "Love and Other Drugs" star Anne Hathaway will co-host the 2011 Oscars ceremony at Hollywood's Kodak Theater.

Oprah Winfrey, Sandra Bullock and Halle Berry will also be among presenters handing out the awards, along with 2010 best actor Oscar winner Jeff Bridges and 1993 best supporting actress winner Marisa Tomei.

Berry won best actress in 2002, while Bridges and Bullock won in 2010 for their leading roles in "Crazy Heart" and "The Blind Side," respectively.

Winfrey, who was nominated for an Oscar for her supporting role in the 1985 film "The Color Purple," recently served as the voice of Eudora in "The Princess and the Frog" and was executive producer of 2010 best picture nominee "Precious."

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