Amy Sancetta, Associated Press
In this March 5, 2010 file photo, an Oscar statue stands on the red carpet outside the Kodak Theatre as preparations continue for the 82nd Academy Awards in Los Angeles, Calif. The motion picture academy says it's extending the deadline for members to vote for the Academy Awards to Jan. 4, 2013, following criticism of its new electronic voting system. The 85th annual Academy Awards are scheduled for Feb. 24, 2013. Oscar voters aren't just choosing the best artists of the film industry, but also putting a stamp on moral and ethical issues, The New York Times reported.

It's not just artistry that's on the voting ballot this year at the Academy Awards. The New York Times reported that ethical and moral concerns are also being considered by the voters, as several of the films and actors are surrounded by controversy.

"Next week, about 6,000 Oscar voters will start casting ballots for their favorite films of 2013 and those who made them," the N.Y. Times reported. "Will they make moral judgments as well as artistic ones with their votes?"

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