Ten days that shook the Oscars

Trophy_275bigMy latest Vote column for the print edition of Variety looks at what a difference 10 days makes in the Oscar race.

Ten days. Ten little days’ difference between the Oscar nomination ballot deadline in 2012 (Jan. 13) and 2013 (Jan. 3).

Ten
days that are shaking Hollywood’s world, knocking festivals, awards
strategists, other kudofests and conspiracy theorists upside their
heads.

It says something about the level of fear (and in some
cases, loathing) spurred by Tuesday’s news that the Academy of Motion
Picture Arts & Sciences has moved up its nomination dates that a
simultaneous milestone announcement, introducing electronic voting to
the Oscars, played second fiddle.

Don’t worry. There will be
plenty of time for anxiety and doomsday scenarios over the fate of those
e-ballots later on, though I can’t imagine anyone ever felt completely
secure sticking their choices in the mailbox all these years.

For now, it’s those 10 days that weigh on awards watchers. …

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