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Academy Awards: The accountants behind the closely-guarded Oscar vote

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Brian Cullinan and Rick Rosas from PricewaterhouseCoopers visit the Take Two studio with the Oscar briefcase and envelope.

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Brad Oltmann and Rick Rosas from PricewaterhouseCoopers arrive for the 84th Annual Academy Awards® from Hollywood, CA February 26, 2012.


The Oscars are just around the corner and nothing captures the intrigue and the suspense of the night like the small rectangle of paper clutched in presenters' hands: Yes, the envelope.

Behind the winners and losers of Oscar night is a closely-guarded voting process shrouded in mystery. Today, we hear from the people who tally those votes and keep the results secret.

Price Waterhouse Coopers, or PWC, has been playing that role for 80 years and the two men who head up that effort could be known as the men behind the envelopes.

A Martinez sits down with Rick Rosas and Brian Cullinan to talk about the accounting process.


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