The 2013 Oscars may have been deemed a success: Ratings were up and the best picture win for "Argo" was a nice capper to a tumultuous race ran by actor-director-producer Ben Affleck. One hitch, however, was the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences' initial efforts to migrate its approximately 6,000 voting members to online balloting for the awards for the first time.
Complaints flooded into the academy, with members carping about the cumbersome system that in some cases simply wouldn't function. The academy responded by giving members an additional 24 hours to vote in the nomination phase.
This season, the organization is hoping to streamline the system, urging members Friday -- two months before nomination voting begins -- to re-register for a site they promise will be easier to navigate.
When registering, members are now asked to choose whether they would prefer online or paper balloting. Though members can pick either, the academy is clearly pushing them to opt for the electronic method.