While controversy still swirls over aspects of last year's Oscars ceremony, from the infamous slap to the introduction of fan-voted categories, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that the 95th Oscars will air on ABC on Sunday, March 12, 2023. That's the earliest the show has taken place since 2020, when it occurred on February 9th. The show is set to air live on ABC as well as in more than 200 territories worldwide, broadcasting from the Dolby Theatre at Ovation Hollywood.
The Academy also released a list of key dates leading up to the 2022 Oscar season. Here is the schedule:
- General entry categories submission deadline Tuesday, November 15, 2022
- Governors Awards Saturday, November 19, 2022
- Preliminary voting begins 9 a.m. PT Monday, December 12, 2022
- Preliminary voting ends 5 p.m. PT Thursday, December 15, 2022
- Oscar Shortlists Announcement Wednesday, December 21, 2022
- Eligibility period ends Saturday, December 31, 2022
- Nominations voting begins 9 a.m. PT Thursday, January 12, 2023
- Nominations voting ends 5 p.m. PT Tuesday, January 17, 2023
- Oscar Nominations Announcement Tuesday, January 24, 2023
- Oscar Nominees Luncheon Monday, February 13, 2023
- Finals voting begins 9 a.m. PT Thursday, March 2, 2023
- Finals voting ends 5 p.m. PT Tuesday, March 7, 2023
- 95th Oscars Sunday, March 12, 2023
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences describes itself as "a global community of more than 10,000 of the most accomplished artists, filmmakers, and executives working in film. In addition to celebrating and recognizing excellence in filmmaking through the Oscars, the Academy supports a wide range of initiatives to promote the art and science of the movies, including public programming, educational outreach, and the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures."
This year, Coda won the award for Best Picture. Will Smith accepted the award for Best Actor shortly after slapping Chris Rock on stage. The Academy punished Smith by banning him from the event for a decade. Smith had, by then, resigned from the Academy.
Zack Snyder was doubly honored in the fan-chosen awards, with his Army of Dead taking home the "fan-favorite film" award and The Flash entering the speed force winning for "cheer moment," each topping Marvel's Spider-Man: No Way Home. New reports suggest zealous fans rigged the vote with bots.
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