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Academy Reveals Key Dates for the Oscars

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood April 17, 2014 at 1:48PM

It's back to business as usual at the Oscars. The last awards season, which ended on March 2, was elongated by the Winter Olympics. This time the timetable for the 87th Academy Awards is determined by the already announced Oscar show date of February 22.
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It's back to business as usual at the Oscars. The last awards season, which ended on March 2, was elongated by the Winter Olympics. This time the timetable for the 87th Academy Awards is determined by the already announced Oscar show date of February 22. Every year the Academy and ABC worry about how to stay ahead of the plethora of award shows that lead up to the Oscars--causing awards fatigue--but every time the Oscars move back, so does everyone else. 

The real issue is how to give the more than 6000 Academy members enough time to view all the movies they need to see. In recent years the Academy has moved toward supplying more films (adding foreign, documentaries and shorts) to voters on screeners. 

Key dates for the Awards season are:

Saturday, November 8, 2014

The Governors Awards

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Official Screen Credits and music submissions due

Monday, December 29, 2014

Nominations voting begins 8 a.m. PT

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Nominations voting ends 5 p.m. PT

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Oscar nominations announced

Monday, February 2, 2015

Oscar Nominees Luncheon

Friday, February 6, 2015

Final voting begins 8 a.m. PT

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Scientific and Technical Awards

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Final voting ends 5 p.m. PT

Oscar Sunday, February 22, 2015

87th Academy Awards begins 7 p.m. ET/ 4 p.m. PT

The Golden Globes are already set for January 11 with returning hosts Amy Poehler and Tina Fey, and the Screen Actors Guild Awards are on January 25

This article is related to: Awards, Awards, Academy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, Writers Guild Awards, Oscars


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.