Oscars Make Slight Changes to Nominations Announcement

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is ditching its traditional method of announcing Oscar nominations to a live audience at its headquarters in favor of a more digital disclosure.

The announcement has been made for many years to an assembled audience of media and publicists at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

Instead, the nominations will be announced Jan. 24 through the Academy’s own presentation, using a global live stream on the Academy’s Oscar.com and Oscars.org platforms along with a satellite feed, and through local broadcasters, including ABC’s “Good Morning America.”


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The announcement will also begin slightly earlier at 5:18 a.m. PST; last year’s kicked off at 5:30 a.m. PST.

Additionally, the Academy has selected Oscar winners and nominees Jennifer Hudson, Brie Larson, Emmanuel Lubezki, Jason Reitman and Ken Watanabe to join Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs for the presentations.

AMPAS issued the release late Friday afternoon but did not spell out a reason for the switch in how it announces the nominations. Last year’s announcement was made at the Goldwyn by directors Guillermo del Toro and Ang Lee, Boone Isaacs, and actor John Krasinski.

“To support your coverage, downloads and editorial content for the 24 Oscar award categories will be available on Oscar.com and Oscars.org immediately following the announcement,” the Academy said. “Satellite coordinates and announcement details will be available in the coming days, including interview opportunities. We invite you to celebrate our 89th Academy Awards with us, and to share in a terrific new Oscar season.”

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  1. Nancy Hish says:

    I have watched the Oscars with excitement for 50+ years. Never again will I tune into any sort of Hollywood awards after Meryl Streep’s political frenzy at at the Golden Global Awards. And, what else may surface at the Oscars? I cannot watch! Hollywood liberals and hatred towards USA – very sad for you & your profession not reaching out to help unite America. You have failed all of us. No one will read this or even care – but, I feel better venting.

  2. Chris L. says:

    So GMA is still showing all the categories as they are read, but it starts 10-15 minutes *earlier*? This is all somewhat confusing. And yes, why not do it in prime time if reporters are not covering it on site? Just weird.

  3. But I thought the press was good? Yeah, hypocrisy only goes so far. Truth be told, after last year’s ridiculously preachy show (Chris Rock did his best to please both sides), I will be interested to see if the Academy will manage to improve it’s ratings. Last year, from what I understand, was the third worst rated show in the Academy’s history or something right? They need to stop preaching and entertain because if they keep up this political agenda, there won’t be a show. Not that that would affect these big wigs but it be sad if it did. Make the show about people. Not just special interest groups, but people in general. Please! I want to see the show survive! Use to love watching them but not once in my adult life (With is about a decade), have I enjoyed the shows.

  4. Steve says:

    I would imagine the number one reason for the change is for public safety.

    • Jeremiah Lyles says:

      You have good gut instincts Steve. Should have done this long ago and a few other changes for public safety.

  5. David says:

    looks like Trump isn’t the only one shutting out the press

  6. cadavra says:

    In the old days, the announcements were made so they could be announced on the networks’ morning shows at 8:30 Eastern and still make the early afternoon papers. But that really makes no sense anymore in this digital age. So why not announce at a more sane hour and let people sleep in?

    • BD says:

      You still want to the news during the whole day regardless of newspapers. Mornign variety and news shows still exist. A more “sane hour” means you’re the story at 12 o clock, early afternoon and late evening (in some countries).

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