Should the Academy Awards move to January?
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.
| June 23, 2010; 2:30 PM ET
Categories: Awards Season, Movies | Tags: Academy Awards
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