What difference could five days make?
The Academy Awards decision yesterday to shift its nominations day from Jan. 15 to Jan. 10 actually creates some hardship for films opening at the very end of the year and manages to upstage a handful of other awards events that derive power from their perceived ability to influence Oscar voters.
By making the move, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences effectively reasserts itself as the influencer, rather than the group that can be swayed by other trophy ceremonies. Hollywood’s “award season” has been reestablished as “Oscar season” once more.
Here’s some analysis of how the changes break down.