The Oscars Are Experimenting With A Series Of Date Changes

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Subsequent yr’s Academy Awards ceremony might be held on Feb. 9, the earliest date in its historical past, officers confirmed on Tuesday.

The Academy of Movement Image Arts and Sciences, which administers the annual film honors, proposed the date shift final yr as a part of a sequence of adjustments to the present. A number of of the extra controversial adjustments had been scrapped after huge public backlash, together with a proposed “common movie” class.

Shifting up the ceremony from its regular slot, the final Sunday in February, will shorten the awards season. The timeframe for Oscar campaigning generally is a lengthy slog for film business professionals. The season unofficially begins when hopeful awards contenders launch their movies at main festivals in late August and early September and continues by way of a sequence of business occasions and prizes within the fall, earlier than it reaches the foremost awards reveals in January and February.

The 2021 and 2022 Oscar ceremonies will revert again to the outdated time slot, the academy mentioned Tuesday, due to the timing of nationwide holidays and different huge occasions, such because the Tremendous Bowl and the 2022 Winter Olympics. The 2021 present might be held on Feb. 28, and the 2022 present might be held on Feb. 27.

Historically, the Academy Awards have moved to early March in years by which the Winter Olympics have been held, as a result of the video games’ closing ceremony often happens on the final Sunday of February. However the 2022 Olympics will finish on Feb. 20.

Past 2022, the academy and Oscars broadcaster ABC plan to “proceed to guage dates,” the academy mentioned Tuesday.

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