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Posted at 2:30 PM ET, 06/23/2010

Should the Academy Awards move to January?

By Jen Chaney

Sandra Bullock, accepting her Oscar on the (apparently) late date of March 7. (AP)

As first reported by -- and noted in this morning's mix -- the Academy Awards could move to January next year.

Members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science's Board of Governors reportedly discussed the possibility at a meeting on Tuesday night, sending shockwaves (fine, how about ripples of semi-interest?) through the awards-junkie community.

As avid Oscar watchers know, the trophy show normally takes place in either February or March. It's never happened in January. Such a move would upend the awards season schedule we've all come to rely upon for its annual, orderly approach to Hollywood self-congratulation.

A January Oscar date could bump it up against the Golden Globes, which usually happens the second weekend in January, and put the Oscar ceremony well before other trophy shows, like the Screen Actors Guild Awards. The switch also would shorten the voting time frame, giving Academy members less time than usual to screen films and make their selections.

Plus, if Oscar season ends before we even reach February, what are we supposed to do to pass the month or so until March Madness heats up? Read? Go outside and inhale a few gulps of fresh air? Unthinkable!

But the most important reason not to move the Oscars is this: the ta-da factor. It's hard to imagine the Academy not wanting its Really Big Red Carpet Show to be the grand finale of awards season, which won't happen if it hits the cultural radar practically right after Christmas.

Obviously no decision has been made yet. But what do you think? Should the Oscars try for some new timing? Vote in the poll below or weigh in with a comment.

By Jen Chaney  | June 23, 2010; 2:30 PM ET
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It makes sense to move it before the SAG, WGA and DGA awards. As it stands now, once the other awards have been handed out you're already pretty sure who's gonna win the Academy Award leaving very little drama/suspense for the Oscars. Other than Best Picture--or if you actually care who wins Best Sound Design...

Posted by: stella117 | June 23, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

The elephant in the room is the Super Bowl, which is likely to move later into February in a couple years if the NFL decides on an 18-game season. If that happens, a lot of dominoes will fall.

Posted by: Cosmo06 | June 23, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

So the Academy would actually have to decide what was "Best Picture" etc., instead of having the Foreign Press (whatever that is) and all these other organizations whittle down the field for them. Requires backbone. Ain't gonna happen.

Posted by: reddragon1 | June 23, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Cosmo that dovetails nicely with a comment I made earlier in the day. As long as the Super Bowl is in Feb., Jan makes sense for Oscar. Unless, as above, actual work is required...

Posted by: reddragon1 | June 23, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Uh-oh, I know a Lizard Island documentarian who's not going to be pleased with that second choice.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | June 23, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

My "No" vote is b/c the Oscars are always the grand finale, the cherry on the sundae, and the other awards shows are a run-up to the Oscars. After all, what is the point of the Golden Globes if they don't generate the Oscar buzz?

Posted by: Californian11 | June 23, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Didn't the Oscars used to be in late March, then get moved up to late February?

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | June 23, 2010 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Yes, they used to be given out near the end of March.

I'd love to see them take away some of the Golden Globes thunder.

Posted by: wadejg | June 24, 2010 8:06 AM | Report abuse

Every year the Golden Globes pre-nominates a few movies based on their buzz, films that are eligible for that year's awards but not yet released. This last year the musical stinker Nine led all nominees, which just made the Globes look ridiculous when the movie finally came out and was universally panned.

I don't want the same thing happening to the Oscars.

Posted by: thurdl01 | June 24, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

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