While the upcoming 90th annual edition of the Academy Awards don’t take place till Sunday, March 4, 2018, the timetable for voting is virtually the same as this year when the ceremony was one week earlier. The move into March is due to the Winter Olympics, which conclude on Feb. 25, the Oscar’s traditional home of the the last Sunday of the month.
As with last year, this year’s nomination ballot will go live online on Jan. 5 (last year that was a Thursday, this year it is a Friday). However, members will have only seven days to vote (down from eight). The deadline is Friday, Jan 12.
And the accountants will again take 11 days to tally the ballots, with nominations not announced till Tuesday, Jan. 23 (we only had to wait till Jan. 15 to find out who made the cut in 2015). As with last year, we won’t know the Oscar nominees before the Golden Globes ceremony. Indeed, those awards will be handed out on Jan. 7, during Oscar nominations voting.
The final voting will again run for just seven days, from Tuesday, Feb. 20 to Feb. 27. Prior to that nominees will be feted at a luncheon on Monday, Feb. 5 while the scientific and technical awards will be handed out on Saturday, Feb. 10.
New to the calendar this year is an Oscar concert, which will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 28. And kicking off Oscar season will be the Governors Awards, which take place on Saturday, Nov. 11.
The academy also confirmed that the next three Oscars will take place on the last Sunday in February, being February 24, 2019; February 23, 2020; and February 28, 2021.