Thursday, September 20, 2012

Academy Moves Up Nominations to January 10th

The Academy has decided to move up its nominations five days, to January 10th, which means that it will come before the Golden Globe Awards. It also means that the polls will close before the guilds make their announcements as well. Pure Oscar nominations, not influenced by the actions of its different branches. In someways it is incredibly scary because it makes the job of predicting nominees a little more difficult. But it also means that maybe some films that aren't deserving will be left off, and that some of the critics favorites, which sometimes (not always) tend to be the smaller, independent, and simply better films will make the cut instead. Or nothing could change, but the prospect makes this race a lot tighter and a lot more interesting. The Academy's reasoning has to do with the new electronic voting system, plus the fact that, while they may not openly admit it, the Oscars have gotten a bit stale with so many precursors. So this allows an extra week of voting time, purer nominations from the start, and hopefully a more exciting finale.

Here are the new dates:

Friday, November 30, 2012: Official Screen Credits due
Saturday, December 1, 2012: Governors Awards presentation
Monday, December 17, 2012: Nominations voting begins
Thursday, January 3, 2013: Nominations voting ends 5 p.m. PT
Thursday, January 10, 2013: Nominations announced 5:30 a.m. PT, Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater
Monday, February 4, 2013: Nominees Luncheon
Friday, February 8, 2013: Final voting begins
Saturday, February 9, 2013: Scientific and Technical Awards presentation
Tuesday, February 19, 2013: Final voting ends 5 p.m. PT

Sunday, February 24, 2013: 85th Academy Awards presentation

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