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Oscars Head Back To February In 2011

Oscars Head Back To February In 2011

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences have officially announced that the Academy Awards will once again be held in February, after this year’s delay to March. The 83rd annual ceremony will take place on the last Sunday in February, which just happens to fall on February 27th, 2011.

The Academy had held the Oscars in late March or even early April for decades until the 2004 ceremony, when the ceremony moved to February. This year, the ceremony moved to March 7th so it wouldn’t conflict with the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia. Despite the move to February, many in the industry complained of “awards fatigue” although awards season is considerably shorter than it was in its pre-2004 incarnation.

Academy President Tom Sherak announced the news today. Unsurprisingly, the AMPAS said the ceremony will again take place at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, and will again be televised live by the ABC Television Network. In related news, the Producers Guild also announced their awards dates today, with their main ceremony occurring a week prior to the Oscars.

Additionally announced key dates for the Academy Awards are listed below:

Saturday, November 13, 2010:
Governors Awards presentation

Wednesday, December 1, 2010:
Official Screen Credits forms due

Monday, December 27, 2010:
Nominations ballots mailed

Friday, January 14, 2011:
Nominations polls close 5 p.m. PT

Tuesday, January 25, 2011:
Nominations announced 5:30 a.m. PT, Samuel Goldwyn Theater

Wednesday, February 2, 2011:
Final ballots mailed

Monday, February 7, 2011:
Nominees Luncheon

Saturday, February 12, 2011:
Scientific and Technical Awards presentation

Tuesday, February 22, 2011:
Final polls close 5 p.m. PT

Sunday, February 27, 2011:
83rd Annual Academy Awards presentation

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