Sets date for Dec. 5, after NYFCC

The National Board of Review has set its timeline for this round of kudos: It will announce its winners Dec. 5 ahead of a January awards ceremony in Gotham.

The date unexpectedly puts NBR behind the New York Film Critics Circle, which recently named Dec. 3 at its voting date, thereby returning to a traditional schedule following a year that saw the NYFCC move its date to late November in order to get out ahead of other film critics’ awards.

Prior to 2011, NBR had usually been the first critics’ org to announce awards, followed soon thereafter by NYFCC. It had been anticipated that NYFCC’s 2012 date would return NBR to the pole position, but NBR has instead pencilled in a date two days after NYFCC.

Scheduling for such awards — including those from NBR, NYFCC and the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn., set to announce winners Dec. 9 — is a tricky business. Orgs relish the potential publicity that comes from being first out of the gate with winners, but they remain wary of pulling the trigger so early that late-release contenders aren’t yet available for screening and consideration.

NBR also announced that Meredith Vieira will host the annual kudo ceremony for the third year in a row. Gala is set for Jan. 8 at Cipriani 42nd Street in midtown Manhattan.

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