Oscar telecast dates could help film fest

March 26th, 2013 | by Bruce Fessier | Comments

The Academy Awards are moving back to March in 2014.
More importantly to Palm Springs, the nominations for the 86th annual Academy Awards will be announced Jan. 16, 2014. That means the Palm Springs International Film Festival will again be a precursor to the Oscar nominations.
The Palm Springs International Film Festival will open Jan. 3 – the same date as this year – and run through Jan. 13. The nominations were announced this year on Jan. 4 – one day before its awards gala. Some wondered if that might diminish the impact of the gala since the festival ceremony wouldn’t have a direct impact on the voting. And what if some of its honorees were stinging from not getting a nod from the Academy voters?
But the gala attracted record crowds and elicited moving speeches.
The next Academy Awards will be March 2. But Palm Springs film festival organizers shouldn’t get too comfortable with the expanded lead time to the Oscars. The golden statues will be handed out Feb. 22 in 2015.
Next year’s ceremony is being moved to avoid overlap with the 2014 Winter Olympics, which will be held Feb. 7 to 23 in Sochi, Russia.
There’s been no announcement about when the nominations will be announced in 2015, but it will likely be around the launch of the 2015 film festival.
We’ll cross that bridge to the Oscars when we come to it.

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