Helmer, scribe guilds set 2005 kudos dates

DGA to announce feature noms Jan. 6, WGA follows on Jan. 13

This article was updated on July 13, 2004.

Firming up the 2005 awards season schedule, the Directors Guild of America has selected Jan. 29 for its awards show at the Century Plaza Hotel while the Writers Guild of America West has chosen Feb. 19 at the same location. The WGA East ceremonies will take place simultaneously in New York at the Pierre Hotel.

The DGA, which has about 12,000 members, will announce its feature nominations Jan. 6 at DGA headquarters; guild unveils its TV noms four days later at the same location.

The Jan. 29 date is four days after Oscar noms are announced next year. The DGA’s feature director award has been a reliable bellwether of the Oscars, as the winners have been the same in both kudos events for 49 of the last 55 years. This year Peter Jackson took both trophies for “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.”

The DGA will hold its “meet the nominees” event at the DGA on the morning of Jan. 29. It also set Jan. 26 as the date for meeting the nominees for telepics and Jan. 27 for its commercials nominees.

The WGA will announce film noms on Jan. 13.

The WGA winner has matched the Oscar winner in the adapted category in seven of the last 11 years, diverging last year when Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman won for “American Splendor” and Phillipa Boyens, Fran Walsh and Peter Jackson won the Oscar for “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.” In the original category, the WGA has matched in six of the last 11 years, including last year when Sofia Coppola won both trophies for “Lost in Translation.”

NBC and the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. recently moved the Golden Globes back to its usual slot in the middle of January, selecting Jan. 16, a day after ballots for Oscar noms are due. The Producers Guild of America recently set Jan. 22 as its date and also selected the Century Plaza as its venue.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences will hold the Oscar ceremonies Feb. 27. The Screen Actors Guild has selected Feb. 5 for its awards, which will be held at the Shrine Auditorium.

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