Academy Awards to delay announcement until Jan. 31
With the 78th Oscars pushed back a week for the Winter Olympics, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences said Tuesday that it is also delaying its nominations announcement one week to Jan. 31.Date change keeps roughly the same five-week window between nominations and the kudofest, which will be held March 5. Oscar-nommed pics earn the bulk of their B.O. coin in the weeks after the nominations, so some studios were hoping the Acad would keep an earlier nomination date — closer to last year’s Jan. 25 — thus adding an extra week to tout the noms to the public. On the other hand, the later noms give Academy members six more days to see films — particularly year-end openers — before turning in their ballot. Other key dates: Dec. 29: Nominations ballots mailed. Jan. 21: Nominations polls close at 5 p.m. PT. Jan. 31: Noms announced at 5:30 a.m. PT at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater. Feb. 8: Final ballots mailed. Feb. 13: Nominees luncheon at the Beverly Hilton. Feb. 18: Scientific & Technical Awards dinner. Feb. 28: Final polls close at 5 p.m. PT. March 5: Academy Awards presented at the Kodak Theater.