Anger As Oscar Nomination Dates Moved Forward

19 September 2012

There was widespread bemusement as the closure date for voting in the race for Oscar nominations was moved up 10 days, from January 13 to the 3rd.

According to the BBC The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) said it would "provide members and the public a longer period of time to see the nominated films". The 85th Acamey Awards will be held on 24 February.

However some have said that the move to close nominations earlier could harm the chances of smaller independent films, and the lateness of the announcement has left even the bigger studios looking a tad silly.

Anger As Oscar Nomination Dates Moved Forward
Anger As Oscar Nomination Dates Moved Forward

'Les Miserables' shifted release date is not looking too clever after the Oscars shifted nomination dates forward (Photo: Universal)

 However both studios and HFPA bods are unlikely to be particularly happy with the Academy's decision.

For example Universal moved the release date of Tom Hooper's star studded epic 'Les Miserables' to Christmas Day just hours before the announcement, but  now it faces release in a busier than ever holiday period, with some suggesting that this could result in Academy members struggling to see all the major contenders.

Oscar winner Kathryn Bigelow's 'Zero Dark Thirty', Cannes winner 'Amour', Peter Jackson's 'The Hobbit', Tom Cruise's 'Jack Reacher', 'On The Road' and Quentin Tarantino's 'Django Unchained' are all set for late December releases.

The Hollywood Reporter's Scott Feinberg said the move, "could have a major impact on awards season and on the viewing experiences of the Academy's own members".

The decision is believed to be an attempt to avoid being upstaged by the Golden Globe Awards, hosted by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), which have in recent years preceded the closing date for nominations, giving them what some perceive as an undue influence. The Golden Globes are scheduled for January 13.

According to Deadline Hollywood, bringing the latter forward could "blunt the impact" of the HFPA event. 

"The Academy's nomination announcement will get enormous attention just as the Hollywood Foreign Press Association is drumming up attention for its own big night," wrote Pete Hammond.

However both studios and HFPA bods are unlikely to be particularly happy with the Academy's decision.

PHOTO: The Oscars 2012


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