Oscars in February for 2016 & 2017, March in 2018

The Oscars are sticking with Sunday for the next three years. For both 2016 and 2017, the Oscars are slotted for the last Sunday of the shortest month of the year (Feb. 28, 2016; Feb. 27, 2017). And, as expected, the 2018 Oscars will be bumped to March 4 to make way for the Winter Olympics. Since the Oscars moved up to February in 2004, there have been three Winter Olympics and in all those years (2006, 2010, 2014), the academy shifted the kudocast back to March. 

This year’s Oscars took place on Sunday, Feb. 22. The nominations period ran from Dec. 29 to Jan. 8 and nominations were announced on Jan. 15. Final voting ran from Feb. 6 to Feb. 17

Next year, nominations will open on Dec. 30, end on Jan. 8 and be revealed on Jan. 14. Final voting will run from Feb. 12 to Feb. 23.

That gap of 29 days between the announcement of the nominations and the beginning of final voting equals this year’s, which was one of the longest ever. And, like this year, there will be a wait of 45 days to know the winners. Ratings were up for the Oscars, though much of that boost could be due to the box office success of the Best Picture contenders.

With this year’s Academy Awards nomination ballots due Jan. 8, some of the various guild contenders, usually a reliable signpost of Oscar potential, were announced after that date. The actors, producers, writers and art directors did get in before the cut-off. 

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