Oscar sidesteps Olympics, pushes Academy Awards into March

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the dates and deadlines for next year’s Oscar season, with the ceremony scheduled for telecast on March 2, one week later than this past season. The slight shift steers clear of the 2014 Winter Olympics, which last until Feb. 23. But it still falls into the window that Oscar staked out in 2004, when after years of holding the Oscars in late March, the Academy moved its calendar up to reaffirm its preeminence among the growing glut of award shows.

Of greater note is the new date for nomination voting to begin — Dec. 27 — 10 days later than last season, when there was some criticism that voting began before members had an opportunity to see all the qualifying films. The extra time should enhance the prospects of films that don’t open until late December, like Nicole Kidman’s Grace of Monaco and David O. Russell’s untitled FBI sting movie, starring Christian Bale and Jennifer Lawrence.

The Academy also announced that the 2015 Oscars will take place on Feb. 22, 2015, confirming their previous preference for an earlier Oscars.

Click below for upcoming Oscar dates and deadlines, including when the nominations will be announced:

The Governors Awards: Saturday, November 16, 2013
Official Screen Credits due: Monday, December 2, 2013
Nominations voting begins: Friday, December 27, 2013
Nominations voting ends 5 p.m. PT: Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Oscar nominations announced: Thursday, January 16, 2014
Nominees Luncheon: Monday, February 10, 2014
Final voting begins: Friday, February 14, 2014
Scientific and Technical Awards: Saturday, February 15, 2014
Final voting ends 5 p.m. PT: Tuesday, February 25, 2014
86th Academy Awards: Oscar Sunday, March 2, 2014:

87th Academy Awards: Oscar Sunday, February 22, 2015


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