Oscars set for Feb. 24, 2013

The motion picture academy sent out the following tweet on Wednesday morning:

The 85th Academy Awards nominations will be announced on Jan. 15, 2013, and the Oscar® telecast will be presented on Feb. 24.

This news means the kudocast will remain on the last Sunday in February; this year’s awards were handed out on Feb. 26. As the nominations will be unveiled nine days earlier there will be 40 days for Phase 2 campaigning (versus 33). 

This year’s Oscar nominations were announced on Tuesday, Jan. 24, nine days after the Golden Globes were held. To stay ahead of the Oscars, the Golden Globes will need to shift to Sunday, Jan. 13 next year. 

This year, Oscar nomination ballots were due by Friday, Jan. 13, giving the accountants 11 days to tally the votes. To stick to the same time frame, ballots would have to be completed by Friday, Jan. 4 but the proposed introduction of electronic voting may shorten the time required for counting. 

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