March 25, 2013 at 11:54 am #95482
From DH, Pete Hammond
I hate to say I TOLDJA but the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences today announced their Oscar season schedule for 2014 and , predictably, with the Winter Olympics and the Super Bowl taking every Sunday in Feburary , they have moved the Oscar show to the first Sunday in March , the 2nd as forecasted here on in a column on March 4th. I also predicted it would give them the opportunity to allow more time for seeing movies by moving the nominations back a week from where they were this year on January 10th (two weeks earlier than usual), and the Academy has done just that, moving the voting period back to where it has been in previous years with ballots going out December 27 and due back on January 8th (for 2013 ballots were mailed Dec 17 and came back Jan 4).
There were complaints from members that there just wasn’t enough time to see all the movies and then vote in that two week Holiday period, especially with so many other distractions of the season. This gives the Academy a lot more breathing room in making nominations but still allows for a six week period between the announcement and the due date of February 25 for final ballots. This is important because it gives the public a lot more time to see the nominated movies and pleases exhibitors who have two extra weeks to exploit those nominations. Clearly it’s a strategy that paid off this year with most of the nine Best Picture nominees being released in November and December (although eventual Best Picture winner Argo came out in October), and six, almost seven of them, grossed well over $100 million as opposed to only one film, The Help in the previous year. In the six week nominations period Silver Linings Playbook actually doubled its gross, a feat credited to its strong showing with Oscar.
What wasn’t expected in today’s announcement was that the Academy would also put to rest any speculation about moving the 2015 show earlier into January by breaking tradition and announcing their show date of February 22nd for that year as well. Despite my consistent reports here that the Acad’s Board Of Governors has “no taste” for jumping to an earlier date, other media keep speculating they will do just that. That has never been the case, at least according to the Academy execs to whom I have spoken. Contractually there are restrictions the Academy has in that regard with their ABC broadcast partner who has a say in all this too.
With improved ratings for the Seth MacFarlane-hosted telecast this year the Academy obviously feels comfortable in not rocking the boat and sending awards season into a tailspin by moving any earlier so we can calm the speculation for at least a couple of years, and members will have more time to do what really counts – see the movies before they have to vote.March 25, 2013 at 12:01 pm #95484
Buried in the article is that they also announced the following year will be 2/22, ending speculation of an imminent push to a late January dateMarch 25, 2013 at 5:11 pm #95485
Thank you Olympics and SuperBowl. I’m all for having more time to see more movies.March 25, 2013 at 6:48 pm #95486
Also – frontrunners falter and upsets happen when the Oscars are held later. If the Oscars were held later in recent years, some of these films and performances wouldn’t have swept all of these awards.
Remember how Soderbergh mollywhopped Ang Lee at the last minute following Lee’s Globe/DGA wins? (To be fair, Soderbergh won numerous critics’ awards that year and “Traffic” was always a threat to win BP and other Oscars.)
Or how about Sissy Spacek sweeping almost everything up until SAG and BAFTA leaving Berry to win when many thought she didn’t have much of a shot?
The supporting races are littered with late season upsets (Marcia Gay Harden, Kevin Spacey, Juliette Binoche, etc.).
What do all of these wins have in common? They happened when the Oscars were held in March. If you go back further, the Oscars were held in April. With the Oscars being held earlier this past decade, we’ve seen a slew of awful, undeserving winners (Hathaway, Zellweger, Robbins, Bullock, King’s Speech/Hooper, Winslet, Swank (M$B), etc. who mainly won because of the bandwagon, precursor sweeping affect.
Someone like Binoche was able to win because voters had more time to see her film and many Academy voters just weren’t feeling the actress (e.g. Bacall) who was winning the major precursors. With the shortened window this past decade, there have been very few opportunities for late season momentum to overturn a major frontrunner.March 25, 2013 at 6:57 pm #95487
Good. The January date people were throwing around sounded like a horrible idea.
(And now they got Pete saying “toldja.” rme. So obnoxious.)March 25, 2013 at 9:26 pm #95488
The March date is better because it will allow more members to “watch” the nominated movies and performances.March 25, 2013 at 11:29 pm #95489
Even though the later March date sounds like it could be warmed-over leftovers, I love the fact that the longer voting time may bring some late-breaking surges into the mix (Marcia Gay Harden, Julian Fellowes, etc.).March 26, 2013 at 10:44 am #95490
Rumor du jour is that Justin Timberlake could be the host next year.
I’m fine with that- he’s quite talented, has proven himself as a film actor. But let the hate begin.
Updated – all involved denying that any decision, or even serious thought, has been done or is under way.
Still I’d say it’s possible and makes sense on a lot of levels (name value, multi-media personality, younger appeal, legitimate film credentials, success at SNL, not a comedian which hasn’t worked out that well of late)March 26, 2013 at 10:57 am #95491
Can’t believe anyone around that age would agree to do it after the recent trainwrecks. It’s just not something these people should put themselves through. Just give it to an older person that will be average.March 26, 2013 at 1:51 pm #95492
I’d say Ellen and Jimmy Kimmel are still the best bets to host so far (not together). Both are very relevant and popular to all ages.March 26, 2013 at 4:19 pm #95493
i would love to see justin timberlake host the oscars. hes terrific in every possible way.March 26, 2013 at 8:39 pm #95494
ewwww. Timberlake hosting the oscars???? no way we need Billy Crystal and Whoopi Goldberg. Goldberg said she wouldn’t host the oscars again unless Crystal did it with her.March 27, 2013 at 7:32 am #95495
I can’t wait for Sochi Olympic Games!
If the ceremony will be on March, 2nd then what about nominations announcement?March 27, 2013 at 9:27 am #95496
Ballots are due back on Jan 8, so it would be a few days later.
If they didn’t announce that, it might be because they are toying with having a prime time nominations announcement show as has been hinted, but don’t have the details yet, rather than the insane 5:40 am time they have used for years.
The problem with that is a live prime time show would be live only in about 75% of the country, with Mountain and Pacific zone residents delayed, rendering the show pass by the time done. I assume we’d get in live in LA, but elsewhere lots of people would have to improvise.March 27, 2013 at 1:16 pm #95497
Key dates for the Awards season are:
Saturday, November 16, 2013: The Governors Awards Monday, December 2, 2013: Official Screen Credits due Friday, December 27, 2013: Nominations voting begins Wednesday, January 8, 2014: Nominations voting ends 5 p.m. PT Thursday, January 16, 2014: Oscar nominations announced Monday, February 10, 2014: Nominees Luncheon Friday, February 14, 2014: Final voting begins Saturday, February 15, 2014: Scientific and Technical Awards Tuesday, February 25, 2014: Final voting ends 5 p.m. PT Oscar Sunday, March 2, 2014: 86th Academy Awards