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While many may not think of it as a big deal, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences’ announcement yesterday that it will announce nominees five days earlier is already sending shockwaves through Hollywood.
On Tuesday, the Academy said that nominees will be announced on Jan. 10 instead of Jan. 15, claiming that this will give voters and the public more time to see the nominated films. However, as The Hollywood Reporter notes, this may actually mean that voters will have less time to see the major December releases before they have to pick nominees. Voting for nominees ends on Jan. 3, just days after Django Unchained and Les Miserables open on Christmas. Several other films, including Zero Dark Thirty, The Hobbit, This Is 40 and Amour are set to open in the final weeks of December.
The decision also has an impact on other awards ceremonies. The new Jan. 10 date means that nominees are announced three days before the Golden Globes are handed out, notes Deadline. This could mean that the awards, handed out by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, will take on even less meaning, especially if everyone is focused more on the Oscar nominees that Globe winners. Why would a studio’s marketing team promote Globe wins when they can promote Oscar nominations?
The Directors Guild of America has also reportedly decided to push up the day it announces its nominees for best films of the year, reports The Wrap. The organization was scheduled to make its announcements on Jan. 10, but will now make them on Jan. 8. It will also now announce nominees in the TV and commercial categories on Jan. 9 instead of Jan. 11.
The National Board of Review also hands out its awards on Jan. 10.
Clearly, this award season will be busier than many anticipated, now that the Academy has changed its timetable. The Oscars will be handed out on Feb. 24.