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Will the Oscars get bumped up to January?

06.23.2010

The movies award season has become so long and onerous that by the time the Oscars actually arrive, many people are fatigued by the whole process. Looking to help restore its position as the award show, the Board of Governors of the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences discussed at a meeting the possibility of moving the Oscar broadcast from late February/early March to January.

The move would leapfrog the Oscars ahead of the Golden Globes, the SAG Awards, the Independent Spirit Awards and the BAFTAs allowing the Oscars to capitalize on awards season buzz. The decision would likely meet resistance from those organizations but could also gain support from studio executives, PR firms and publicists who are eager to cut down on the grueling campaign season.

If the AMPAS decided to move the Oscars to January it would result in sweeping changes in the way studios release their Oscar-caliber films. A December 25th release date would likely not be enough time for Academy voters to see the film and submit their votes. That would mean DVD screeners would need to be produced and disseminated earlier, which could pose a piracy risk.

While it's an interesting idea with a valid point, there seem to be almost too many obstacles in its way. While the Golden Globes are just fluff anyway, they're fluff backed by a huge corporation (they're owned and run by NBC) who would loathe to see their big moneymaker suddenly become irrelevant. The Oscars would also have to avoid a showdown with the NFL playoffs and the Super Bowl (which will air this year on February 6th).

What do you think? Should they cut down the Oscar campaigning by over a month or just keep things the way they are?

Extra Tidbit: The very first Academy Awards were actually held in May.
Source: Deadline

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3:12AM on 06/24/2010
I like the other awards shows being first. Cause I always look at this as the big Finale.
I like the other awards shows being first. Cause I always look at this as the big Finale.
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12:08AM on 06/24/2010

the Golden Globes are already a joke

Actor 1: your not a respectable actor
Actor 2: yes i am, i have a golden globe
Actor 1: PTT! who doesnt?

the big 4, as far as awards go are

Academy Awards - Film
Emmy - Television
Grammy - Music
Tony - Theatre

no People's choice, MTV award, or golden globe. frankly, i dont think anyone cares about the golden globes anyway, all it is is a way for people rejected from the Academy to feel special.
Actor 1: your not a respectable actor
Actor 2: yes i am, i have a golden globe
Actor 1: PTT! who doesnt?

the big 4, as far as awards go are

Academy Awards - Film
Emmy - Television
Grammy - Music
Tony - Theatre

no People's choice, MTV award, or golden globe. frankly, i dont think anyone cares about the golden globes anyway, all it is is a way for people rejected from the Academy to feel special.
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8:06PM on 06/23/2010
Sorry, stupid double post...
Sorry, stupid double post...
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8:04PM on 06/23/2010
I'm cool with this. These studios better start pumping out some decent films though. I mean it's June already and there hasn't been much so far this year........
I'm cool with this. These studios better start pumping out some decent films though. I mean it's June already and there hasn't been much so far this year........
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6:16PM on 06/23/2010

TOY STORY 3 FOR BEST PICTURE.

That's all I have to say about that.
That's all I have to say about that.
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8:06PM on 06/23/2010
Agreed, no contest for Best Picture AND best Animated film!
Agreed, no contest for Best Picture AND best Animated film!
5:55PM on 06/23/2010

Wow an actual good Idea!

I hope that actually comes true! It sure will make the studios shift their release dates. In a place where all ideas seem to be overused this is one that actually seems like a good idea! I must be dreaming. Now if they could stop making so many remakes! Well I can dream. I'm sure in 10 years there will be 4-5 more "Karate Kid" movies to come out by then. Hell they'll probably remake it again in 2025 anyway!
I hope that actually comes true! It sure will make the studios shift their release dates. In a place where all ideas seem to be overused this is one that actually seems like a good idea! I must be dreaming. Now if they could stop making so many remakes! Well I can dream. I'm sure in 10 years there will be 4-5 more "Karate Kid" movies to come out by then. Hell they'll probably remake it again in 2025 anyway!
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4:21PM on 06/23/2010
Put it in the week between the NFL championship games and the Super Bowl.. perfect.
Put it in the week between the NFL championship games and the Super Bowl.. perfect.
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2:13PM on 06/23/2010
Why all the hate on 10 noms thing? It's not like this is the first time that has been done, and it's not like it ruined the ceremony or anything like that.

As for bumping up the telecast, I'm fine with it. I don't see what harm it can do.

On a final note, fuck football!
Why all the hate on 10 noms thing? It's not like this is the first time that has been done, and it's not like it ruined the ceremony or anything like that.

As for bumping up the telecast, I'm fine with it. I don't see what harm it can do.

On a final note, fuck football!
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2:05PM on 06/23/2010
i don't care anymore. it's gonna take a lot for me to get over what they did to viewers last year. avatar deserved that best picture award more than any other best picture in the history of oscar. cameron changed the way we look at movies forever. i defy you to name a single better movie in the last 50 years. also, sam worthington was robbed of a nomination. why was colin firth nominated for playing himself? why was jeremy renner nominated for playing himself? sam worthington became jake. he
i don't care anymore. it's gonna take a lot for me to get over what they did to viewers last year. avatar deserved that best picture award more than any other best picture in the history of oscar. cameron changed the way we look at movies forever. i defy you to name a single better movie in the last 50 years. also, sam worthington was robbed of a nomination. why was colin firth nominated for playing himself? why was jeremy renner nominated for playing himself? sam worthington became jake. he embodied jake so good. i can't believe the oscars are still getting ratings after they gave the hurt locker an oscar. that movie was so stupid, it was like the poor man's black hawk down.

when i get over this avatar thing, if i do, maybe i'll give them another chance. that all depends on if they nominate clash for picture. which they won't. cause they're out of touch.
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3:14PM on 06/23/2010
if you're arguing that James Cameron changed movies forever then dont argue for best picture argue for best director? Also, Sam Worthington is kind of wooden ive never heard anyone say he deserves a nomination. and you lost ALL credibility when you said CLASH of the titans shold be nominated. wth is wrong with you?!
if you're arguing that James Cameron changed movies forever then dont argue for best picture argue for best director? Also, Sam Worthington is kind of wooden ive never heard anyone say he deserves a nomination. and you lost ALL credibility when you said CLASH of the titans shold be nominated. wth is wrong with you?!
6:14PM on 06/23/2010
Ahahahaha. hilarious.
Avatar was one of the worst movies in recent history (at least for it's hype). Thank god it didn't win. There were better movies than Hurt Lucker as well (not even nominated), but still.
Ahahahaha. hilarious.
Avatar was one of the worst movies in recent history (at least for it's hype). Thank god it didn't win. There were better movies than Hurt Lucker as well (not even nominated), but still.
6:25PM on 06/23/2010
HAHA! Oh man you got me there, oh wait you're serious. Well all I have to say is that my favorite part of last year's oscars was when James Cameron was forced to sit behind his ex wife and the look on his face when she triumphantly scored both Best Director and Picture, if only she held up her oscar and said: "I'm the queen of the world!" Sorry man Avatar didn't deserve it, hell it didn't even deserve a nom.
HAHA! Oh man you got me there, oh wait you're serious. Well all I have to say is that my favorite part of last year's oscars was when James Cameron was forced to sit behind his ex wife and the look on his face when she triumphantly scored both Best Director and Picture, if only she held up her oscar and said: "I'm the queen of the world!" Sorry man Avatar didn't deserve it, hell it didn't even deserve a nom.
1:35PM on 06/23/2010
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12:25PM on 06/23/2010

ehh...

i dunno how i feel about this.. My exact feelings have already been expressed here: on one hand, i totally agree with Isorisho, but on the other hand i totally agree with GroundlessNFree.. Movies and Football are my 2 favorite things and i cannot choose between the two..
i dunno how i feel about this.. My exact feelings have already been expressed here: on one hand, i totally agree with Isorisho, but on the other hand i totally agree with GroundlessNFree.. Movies and Football are my 2 favorite things and i cannot choose between the two..
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12:18PM on 06/23/2010
if they even think about putting it in the NFL postseason, hopefully it'll be the same day as the pro-bowl. any other playoff day, and i'll be skipping the oscars :(
if they even think about putting it in the NFL postseason, hopefully it'll be the same day as the pro-bowl. any other playoff day, and i'll be skipping the oscars :(
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11:23AM on 06/23/2010
Don't touch my football season. If you compete with a Sunday night football game, I will not watch you.
Don't touch my football season. If you compete with a Sunday night football game, I will not watch you.
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10:03AM on 06/23/2010

Smart Move

I agree wholeheartedly with this decision. It's a smarter move than that damn "Top 10 List" with the Best Picture noms. By moving the Academy Awards up, they put some unpredictability back into it. Every year it seems like the Oscar WILL go to the person who's won every other award show prior. Was it really a question that Jeff Bridges was going to win for "Crazy Heart"? And when he gave his speech, wasn't he a little tired? Tired because he already knew, and gave a dozen speeches before!
I agree wholeheartedly with this decision. It's a smarter move than that damn "Top 10 List" with the Best Picture noms. By moving the Academy Awards up, they put some unpredictability back into it. Every year it seems like the Oscar WILL go to the person who's won every other award show prior. Was it really a question that Jeff Bridges was going to win for "Crazy Heart"? And when he gave his speech, wasn't he a little tired? Tired because he already knew, and gave a dozen speeches before! Who would've thought by the time you win an Oscar, the biggest accolade of your career, you'd be pooped. I say, go for the earlier date, AMPAS, so people like The Dude can relish their moment!
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9:30AM on 06/23/2010

Once again, the producers of the Oscars miss the point.


"Let's increase the number of Best Picture nominees to ten, that'll boost ratings!"

"Let's air the show in January, that'll make us important again!"

I have a radical idea. How about actually picking the best films of the year to be nominated?

I know it's crazy, but it just might work.

When they do that, I'll gladly watch. Whenever it airs.

"Let's increase the number of Best Picture nominees to ten, that'll boost ratings!"

"Let's air the show in January, that'll make us important again!"

I have a radical idea. How about actually picking the best films of the year to be nominated?

I know it's crazy, but it just might work.

When they do that, I'll gladly watch. Whenever it airs.
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8:54AM on 06/23/2010

Makes Sense

Maybe some of those films that get limited release just before the New Year will come out sooner, so I may have a chance to actually SEE some of the Best Picture nominees.
Maybe some of those films that get limited release just before the New Year will come out sooner, so I may have a chance to actually SEE some of the Best Picture nominees.
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8:18AM on 06/23/2010

could be in NBC best interest

this could be good for NBC. on the off chance that by moving the Oscars up to January it takes the Golden Globes place as the lead-up award show similar to way the GG is viewed "well it won a GG it's looking good for an Oscar.I dont think the Super Bowl would really cause a HUGE hit to the viewers as the main people watching Either wont be displaced as a matter of fact if it lined up one could have an Oscar party or a Super Bowl party without having the spouse asking stupid Questions all the
this could be good for NBC. on the off chance that by moving the Oscars up to January it takes the Golden Globes place as the lead-up award show similar to way the GG is viewed "well it won a GG it's looking good for an Oscar.I dont think the Super Bowl would really cause a HUGE hit to the viewers as the main people watching Either wont be displaced as a matter of fact if it lined up one could have an Oscar party or a Super Bowl party without having the spouse asking stupid Questions all the time like "did i see that" and "what was it about" or the always welcomed "I dont like that, it should lose.the Main actress is..."
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