On Tuesday, awards season kicks into high gear with the announcement of the Indie Spirit nominations. The winners of the 31st annual edition of these kudos will be revealed on Saturday, February 27, just one day before the Oscars.
After a brief break for Thanksgiving, the Gotham Awards get handed out on Monday, November 30. The Gothams and Spirits used to be bestowed by the East and West Coast branches of the same organization, the Independent Feature Project. Then in 2006, the Californians broke off from New York and three other IFP groups and formed Film Independent.
On Tuesday (December 1) the National Board of Review, which has a spotty record at crystalballing the Oscars, announces its winners while on Wednesday the New York Film Critics Circle gather for a marathon meeting to decide upon their best of the year.
In the following weeks leading up to the Jan. 8 deadline for Oscar nomination ballots, the Golden Globes, Critics’ Choice and BAFTA Awards will announce nominations as will the actors, producers, writers and art directors guilds.
Below, we detail these key dates.
Note: Winners events are in gold while nomination announcments are italicized.
Nov. 24 – Indie Spirit Awards: Nominations Announced
Nov. 26 – Golden Globes: Nomination Ballots Mailed
Nov. 30 – Gotham Indendent Film Awards
Dec. 1 – National Board of Review: Winners Announced
Dec. 1 – Annie Awards: Nominations Announced
Dec. 1 – PGA Awards: Film Nominations Open
Dec. 1 – WGA Awards: Film Nominations Open
Dec. 2 – New York Film Critics Circle: Winners Announced
Dec. 2 – DGA Awards: Film Nominations Open
Dec. 7 – Critics Choice Awards: Nomination Ballots Online
Dec. 7 – Golden Globes: Nomination Ballots Due
Dec. 7 – SAG Awards: Nomination Ballots Due
Dec. 9 – SAG Awards: Nominations Announced
Dec. 9 – BAFTA Awards: Nominations Open
Dec. 10 – Golden Globes: Nominations Announced
Dec. 11 – Critics Choice Awards: Nomination Ballots Due
Dec. 14 – Critics Choice Awards: Nomination Ballots Announced
Dec. 16 – SAG Awards: Final Ballots Mailed
Dec. 21 – Golden Globes: Final Ballots Mailed
Dec. 30 – Oscars: Nomination Ballots Mailed/Online
Jan. 4 – PGA Awards: Film Nominations Close
Jan. 4 – BAFTA Awards: Nominations Close
Jan. 4 – WGA Awards: Film Nominations Close
Jan. 5 – PGA Awards: Film Nominations Announced
Jan. 5 – Art Directors Guild: Nominations Announced
Jan. 5 – PGA Awards: Voting Opens
Jan. 6 – WGA Awards: Film Nominations Announced
Jan. 6 – Golden Globes: Final Ballots Due
Jan. 7 – WGA Awards: Voting Opens
Jan. 8 – BAFTA Awards: Nominations Announced
Jan. 8 – Oscars: Nomination Ballots Due
Jan. 10 – Golden Globes
Jan. 11 – DGA Awards: Film Nominations Ballots Due
Jan. 12 – DGA Awards: Film Nominations Announced
Jan. 12 – Cinema Audio Society: Nominations Announced
Jan. 13 – DGA Awards: Documentary & TV Nominations Announced
Jan. 14 – Oscars: Nominations Announced
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