The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which has been trying to shorten the awards season so that audiences aren’t burned out by the time the Academy Awards roll around, announced Wednesday that next year’s Oscar timetable had been shifted slightly.
Instead of announcing nominations toward the end of January, as has been the case in recent years, selections for the 85th Oscars will take place Jan. 15. But the awards ceremony will still come on the last weekend of February, with 2013’s event now set for Feb. 24. This year’s awards, in which “The Artist” was named best picture, were handed out Feb. 26.
The nominations will fall before the Screen Actors Guild awards, the Directors Guild Awards and the Producers Guild Awards as usual. But they will not coincide with the Sundance Film Festival, as they have in recent years.
The academy has been trying to implement on-line balloting to expedite its nominations and voting for winners, but has been worried about the security of electronic tallies.
-- John Horn
Photo: Jean Dujardin and Uggie at the 84th Academy Awards. Credit: Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times.