How will Oscars’ earlier nomination date damage the Globes? – ANALYSIS

By Sean O’Connell Responding to criticisms that the Oscar campaign season lasts far too long, the Academy recently announced that nominations for next year’s Oscars will be announced earlier than usual: Jan. 10 instead of the previously announced Jan. 15.

The decision won’t affect what you see on Oscar evening. The TV viewer won’t notice a single difference.

But it sure as heck is bound to affect what wins an Oscar that evening, as campaigns lobbying for valuable Oscar nominations are going to be shorter (and, therefore, far more intense). Polls for nominations will now close on Jan. 3, making those holiday FYC screenings that much more significant. And in a substantial move, the Oscars now will reveal their nominations ahead of the Golden Globes, which are set to reveal their nominations on Jan. 13.

Some would argue (myself included) that this is the way things should be. The Oscars deserve to be the “lead dog,” so to speak, in the Oscar marathon. In years past, Oscar nominations came after the Globes, the Critics Choice nominations, The National Board of Review, and smaller critics’ groups, which were considered reliable bellweathers for the direction that the Oscar winds were blowing.

But in January, the Academy will take a definitive stand with its earlier nominations, setting the stage for a competitive “Phase Two” of the annual campaigns – when nominees glad-hand and work the circuit in favor of a possible Oscar win.

Here are the key dates Oscar voters (and campaign managers) will need to know min the coming months:

Monday, Dec. 17: Nominations voting begins

Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013: Nominations voting ends 5 p.m. PT

Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013: Nominations announced
5:30 a.m. PT, Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater

Monday, Feb. 4, 2013: Nominees Luncheon

Friday, Feb. 8, 2013: Final voting begins

Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013: Scientific and Technical Awards presentation

Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013: Final voting ends 5 p.m. PT

Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013: 85th Academy Awards presentation

Read more of our exclusive Awards coverage:
Our “Silver Linings Playbook” review
Ben Affleck’s “Argo” scores
Producer Harvey Weinstein
“Lawless” director John Hillcoat

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