Board of Governors ponders idea of shifting date

Oscar’s sticking with next Feb. 27 as the date for the 83rd annual Academy Awards — but its Board of Governors has been pondering the idea of moving the date earlier, possibly in 2012.

“The date for the next Oscar telecast, the 83rd, has already been announced and is firm: February 27, 2011,” said Leslie Ungar, a spokeswoman for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences said Wednesday.

Ungar said that a posisble date switch had been discussed at Tuesday’s meeting of the panel but stressed that no decision’s been reached.

“This idea is simply under consideration and being explored as a possibility,” she added. “There are a number of questions still to be answered and challenges to be addressed with regard to moving the show to an earlier date. The Academy Governors and staff have been and will continue to look into those questions and challenges.”

The Oscars were moved into February in 2004 after many years of being slotted in late March and early April. This year’s ceremony was held on March 7 to avoid conflicting with the Winter Olympics.

The idea of moving the Oscars forward has been raised in past years with supporters suggesting that doing so would help TV ratings.

AMPAS had announced Tuesday evening that Bruce Cohen and Don Mischer have been tapped to produce the 83rd annual Academy Awards telecast, the first time at the helm of the Oscarcast for the veteran producers. Mischer will also serve as director of the Feb. 27 telecast on ABC.

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