The "key dates" for the 82nd Annual Academy Awards have been announced. And, to my chagrin, the awards have been pushed two weeks forward to avoid the Olympics-- which means the nominations are back to February and the show, March. Ugh! Wrong direction! One day, it's my hope, the nominations will be early January and the show early February. Trust me, studios will make sure their movies get released in November-early December. As far as I'm concerned, the last "wide" releases should be on Christmas day-- not January 31st. Can't Anytown, U.S.A. get their Frost/Nixon in 2008, you know, the year it was actually released, and not January 2009? No wonder the public is always confused as to what movies are eligible.
The nominations will be on February 2, 2010; the 82nd Annual Oscars will be on March 7.
Link to full list of key dates.