|Left to right: John Goodman, Alan Arkin, and Ben Affleck in Argo|
In a recent announcement from the Academy, the Oscar season is going to be shaped a little different this year. No, they are not pushing anything back to the summer or disqualifying anything in particular (or not right now, anyways), but they are planning on releasing the big news really early this year. That's right, the official Oscar nominations will be released almost right out of the gate in January.
It was recently announced that the nominations will come out on January 10. It has usually been announced later in the month sometime after the Golden Globes have been given out. This strategy to release the information three days before that ceremony is mostly inspired by trying to not inspire bias as well as just giving voters a longer chance to see all of the nominees. Since they have fluctuated the Best Picture category alone to 5-10 slots, we could use every minute we have to catch all of the loose ends.
While there haven't been any other major changes so far, this is going to be an interesting twist that will hopefully bring some spice to the Academy. For all we know, we can get the unexpected nod for The Avengers or Looper now. Or at very least, we can expect more heart wrenching flicks like we did last year with War Horse.Either way, it will give us more time to discuss every little detail.
The current schedule is as followed:
- Nov. 30: Official Screen Credits due
- Dec. 1: Governor's Awards presentation
- Dec. 17: Nominations voting begins
- Jan. 3: Nominations voting ends
- Jan. 10: Nominations announced at 5:30 A.M. PST at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater
- Feb. 4: Nominees Luncheon
- Feb. 8: Final voting begins
- Feb. 9: Scientific and Technical Awards presentation
- Feb. 19: Final voting ends
- Feb. 24: 85th Academy Awards presentation