Oscars calendar: Deadlines and dates for DGA, BAFTAs, …

Monday marks the annual luncheon for the Oscar nominees with more than 150 contenders in the 24 categories expected to break bread at the Beverly Hilton. All but four of the 20 acting nominees are expected to attend.

Sending their regrets were lead contender Benedict Cumberbatch and supporting players Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo and Meryl Streep

This a key stop on the campaign trail prior to final balloting for the Oscars beginning this Friday (Feb. 6). That is also the day that Directors Guild ballots are due with these precursor prizes handed out 24 hours later. And on Sunday (Feb. 8), the British are coming with the BAFTAs (just hours before the Grammys.) 

Already, we have heard from two key guilds — the Producers and the Screen Actors — as well as those of the art directors and film editors. The visual effect wizards weigh in this Wednesday. 

Valentine’s Day weekend will be a busy one, with five groups doling out awards: cinematographers, makeup/hairstylists, sound editors, sound mixers and writers. The final guild — the costume designers — doesn’t announce until several hours after Oscar voting closes on Feb. 17. 

And, as always, the Indie Spirits are on the Saturday before Oscar Sunday, Feb. 22. 

Below, we detail all of these key dates. 

NEW: Experts’ Oscars predictions in 24 categories

Note: Winners events are in gold

Feb. 2 – Oscars: Nominees Luncheon

Feb. 4 – BAFTA Awards: Ballots Due (Voting opened Jan. 9)

Feb. 4 – Visual Effects Society Awards

Feb. 6 – DGA Awards: Ballots Due

Feb. 6 – Oscars: Final Ballots Mailed/Online

See early Oscar rankings when Experts’ predictions are combined

Feb. 7 – DGA Awards

Feb. 7 – Oscars: Sci-Tech Awards

Feb. 8 – BAFTA Awards 

Feb. 14 – Cinema Audio Society Awards

Feb. 14 – Makeup & Hairstylist Guild Awards 

Feb. 14 – WGA Awards

Feb. 15 – Amer. Soc. of Cinematographers Awards

Feb. 15 – Motion Picture Sound Editors Awards

Feb. 17 – Oscars: Final Ballots Due

Feb. 17 – Costume Designers Guild Awards

Feb. 21 – Indie Spirit Awards

Feb. 22 – Oscars

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