March 26, 2009

Oscar changes its schedule again

Back to March it is, according to Variety:

HOLLYWOOD -- Oscar marches into March next year, with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences picking a later date for the ceremony due to the Winter Olympics.
The 82nd annual Academy Awards will be presented on Sunday, March 7, 2010, from the Kodak Theater in Hollywood.
The rites are usually held in late February but were held unusually early this past year due to quirks in the calendar. So next year's ceremony will arrive nearly two weeks after the 81st awards date last Feb. 22.
ABC airs the Oscars, while the Olympics, usually a ratings powerhouse, are on NBC.
Faced with the option of an extra week of awards season, the Acad decided to put that week before nominations are announced: The noms will be unveiled Feb. 2 next year as opposed to Jan. 22 this year.
The nominations are returning to a Tuesday announcement after shifting to Thursday this year due to the inauguration of President Obama.
During the last Winter Olympics, in 2006, the awards were held March 5.
The awards were traditionally held in late March before the Acad shifted them to February in 2004.
The key dates:
Dec. 1: Official Screen Credits forms due
Dec. 28: Nominations ballots mailed
Jan. 23 Nominations polls close 5 p.m. PT
Feb. 2: Noms announced 5:30 a.m. PT, Samuel Goldwyn Theater
Feb. 10: Final ballots mailed
Feb. 15: Nominees luncheon
Feb. 20: Scientific and Technical Achievement Awards presentation
March 2: Final polls close 5 p.m. PT
March 7: Academy Awards on ABC.
-Duley noted...


  1. does it really matter?

  2. might make for some more surprises on Oscar night, but may also be surefire way to know for now

  3. Those Oscars in 2006 gave us a mighty big surprise. Who knows what the change in date might provide.