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Oscar Watch: 2012 Show Will Not Move Up, Bruce Davis Retires

Oscar Watch: 2012 Show Will Not Move Up, Bruce Davis Retires

Much has been made lately about how the Academy was trying to figure out a way to move up the Oscars in 2012–under ratings pressure from ABC–to get ahead of the pack of awards shows in January and February. I thought it was ludicrous as well as impossible –I detailed the reasons here–so I am not the slightest bit surprised that the Board of Governors in their wisdom has figured out that streaming movies for voters in order to get them to see the films in time was not a solution. Here’s a statement from AMPAS regarding the date of the Oscar show in 2012:

The Academy’s Board of Governors has determined that the date of the 84th Academy Awards in 2012 will not be significantly earlier than the now-traditional last Sunday in February. A different date still remains a possibility in subsequent years, and the Academy’s staff and Board will continue to evaluate the advantages and challenges associated with such a change.

Meanwhile, 30-year Academy veteran Bruce Davis is stepping down as executive director, a post he has held since 1989, in June, 2011. That’s a long time. AMPAS president Tom Sherak started the search to replace him two weeks ago, he told The Wrap:

“Bruce runs the place,” said Sherak. “The executive director is in charge of 200 people in five locations around the world. I call him the CEO, and he always laughs at me when I say that. He says, ‘Tom, I’m just the executive director.’ And I say, ‘No, Bruce, you’re the CEO.’”

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