The National Board of Review has staked an early claim on awards announcements and will unveil winners on Tuesday, Dec. 2, a day earlier than usual.
For years, NBR was first out of the gate with its winners, but recently the New York Film Critics Circle have grabbed that honor by going a day earlier. This is still a possibility, since NYFCC has not yet announced its timetable. The accelerated awards schedule has become a fact of life ever since the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences shifted its Oscar date in 2004. Since then, there has been jockeying of dates and, more important, last-minute suspense over whether a handful of December films will be ready in time for the voting groups.
Monday, Dec. 1, is likely to be the Gotham Awards, its traditional berth, though no announcement has been made. And the first week of December also sees the announcements for ASIFA Annie Award nominations, and noms for the WGA TV and new media. The second week of December traditionally sees AFI Awards announcement, flanked by unveilings of noms for SAG Awards and the Golden Globes.
The NBR will host its annual awards gala on Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City.
Annie Schulhof is prexy of the 105-year-old group, which consists of film enthusiasts, filmmakers, professionals, academics and students.