Wednesday, September 01, 2004

Oscar Dates, Screeners 

The dates are in: mark Sunday, February 27, 2005 on your calendars as reserved for the 77th Annual Academy Awards! The ceremony officially begins at 5 pm PST.

Nominations will be announced Tuesday, January 25 at 5:30 a.m. Pacific time.

Hopefully the MPAA won't cause the stir they did last year when they announced that only Academy Award voters would be able to receive screeners during nomination season. Jurors for other awards, and Academy voters who refused to sign an agreement that they would not share the screener, could not see the films. Some awards were cancelled in protest of not having access to the screeners, which many feel severely hinders the chances of smaller, independent fims which don't have wide theatrical distribution and which rely on the award season buzz to generate awareness.

This year the Academy has announced that it will provide to its voters free DVD players which can play specially encrypted screeners. They also noted that not all studios will provide encrypted DVDs, but that some will opt for otherwise secured DVDs or VHS tapes, or screeners without security. That would seem to indicate that the MPAA has not announced any limitations as of yet. The Academy is not requiring the signed agreements this year.

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Posted by Beth Henderson at 11:33 AM