“In an effort to provide members and the public a longer period of time to see the nominated films, the Academy will reveal the 85th Academy Awards nominations on January 10, five days earlier than previously announced.”

It will give those of us who like to see all of the nominated movies more time to see them before February 24th, but those five days are also causing a stir with Oscar voters. They now will have less time to see all of eligible nominees. It has always been a problem for smaller movies to get attention when an Academy member receives hundreds of screeners to watch before they choose their favorites. I am sure there are a few who make an effort to watch every single one, but most have to rifle through the pile and pick what they want to watch. They probably pick the movies that already have Oscar buzz or movies that they can watch with their families. Voting ends January 3rd right after the Holidays when many are traveling and just too busy to watch hours and hours of movies. The number of eligible movies that they actually watch will be significantly less this year.

The Golden Globes will now be held after the Oscar nominations are announced. The Globes had previously given Actors an opportunity to get the Oscar voters attention with win and a good speech, but this year it doesn’t matter what happens. The Golden Globe awards are on January 13th.

This will be a tough year to predict with many of the precursor awards happening after Oscar nominations are already in.

December 2012
Monday, December 3rd – New York Film Critics Circle Awards Announced
Wednesday, December 5th – National Board of Review Awards Announced
Wednesday, December 12th – SAG Awards Nominations Announced
Thursday, December 13th – 2013 Golden Globe Award Nominations
Monday, December 17th – Oscar Nomination voting begins
January 2013
Thursday, January 3rd – WGA Screenplay Nominees Announced
Thursday, January 3rd – Art Directors Guild Nominations Announced
Thursday, January 3rd – Producers Guild Nominees Announced
Thursday, January 3rd – Oscar Nomination voting ends at 5 p.m. PT
Tuesday, January 8th – Directors Guild Nominations Announced
Thursday, January 10th – 2013 Oscar Nominations Announced
Thursday, January 10th – American Cinema Editors Nominations Announced
Thursday, January 10th – Cinema Audio Society Nominees Announced
Thursday, January 10th – Critics’ Choice Movie Awards
Sunday, January 13th – Satellite Awards
Sunday, January 13th – 2013 Golden Globe Awards
Saturday, January 26th – Producers Guild Awards
Sunday, January 27th – Screen Actors Guild Awards
February 2013
Saturday, February 2nd – Directors Guild Awards
Saturday, February 2nd – Art Directors Guild Awards
Sunday, February 10th – BAFTA Awards
Saturday, February 16th – American Cinema Editors (ACE) Awards
Saturday, February 16th – Cinema Audio Society Awards
Sunday, February 17th – Writers Guild of America Awards
Sunday, February 17th – Motion Pictures Sound Editors Awards
Tuesday, February 19th – Costume Designers Guild Awards
Tuesday, February 19th – Oscar voting ends 5 p.m. PT
Sunday, February 24th – 2013 Oscar Awards



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