After three days, 5,800 ballots, 24 categories and one windowless conference room, it all comes down to two.
Two, as in people—the number of individuals who know the identity the 2011 Oscar winners, before the Academy Awards show, that is.
Rick Rosas and Brad Oltmanns are both accountants from Pricewaterhouse Coopers, the firm long-trusted perennially with one of Hollywood’s best-kept secrets.
“We do a number of things to ensure absolute confidentiality,” said Rosas. “But the biggest thing is limit the number of people who know the winners in each category,” he added.
The duo counts each ballot by hand, and in utter secrecy. “All of the counting is done in a secure, private, undisclosed location. No computers in the room [and] phones aren't used. We are sequestered, just counting the results,” said Oltmanns.