The Academy got some scheduling news out of the way today announcing the timetable for the 88th Academy Awards as well as broadcast dates for the 2017 and 2018 Oscars.

As expected, the 2017 Academy Awards will be broadcast in February on February, 26, 2017.  Because of the PyeongChang South Korea Winter Olympics, the 2018 date has once again been pushed back to March.  That means the 90th Academy Awards will take place on March 4, 2018. (You can already hear the complaints about how long that season will feel now).

The 2016 Oscar date had previously been announced as February 28, 2016, but the Academy has now provided the basis for the upcoming awards season calendar.

Saturday, November 14, 2015  - The Governors Awards
Wednesday, December 30, 2015  - Nominations voting opens 8 a.m. PT
Friday, January 8, 2016   - Nominations voting closes 5 p.m. PT
Thursday, January 14, 2016 - Oscar Nominations Announcement
Monday, February 8, 2016  - Oscar Nominees Luncheon
Friday, February 12, 2016  - Final voting opens 8 a.m. PT
Saturday, February 13, 2016  - Scientific and Technical Awards
Tuesday, February 23, 2016  - Final voting closes 5 p.m. PT
Oscar Sunday, February 28, 2016 - 88th Academy Awards begins 7 p.m. ET/ 4 p.m. PT

Intriguingly, and happily for members of the media and a throng of publicists, the Oscar nominations announcement (Jan 14) will take place outside the 2016 Sundance Film Festival window for the second straight year (the festival runs from Jan 21-31, 2016).  

The Academy has still not announced who will produce the 88th installment of the world's premier awards show.

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