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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

June 23, 2010 at 4:13 PM

Oscars moving to January?

(Slice of life here at the Seattle Times: I was just writing up my weekly movie-events column, which includes mention of midnight screenings at the Egyptian this weekend of a scary-spoofy-“The Birds” sort of movie called “Birdemic: Shock and Terror,” which sounds, um, interesting. And I walked over to the kitchen to get a Diet Coke, to give me strength to go on, and there’s a sign on the kitchen door: “Open door carefully as there may be a bird in the kitchen.” How did a bird get into the kitchen? Is shock and terror about to ensue? Why is nobody concerned about this except me? Stay tuned.)
Today’s big news, on Deadline: The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences, at a board meeting last night, discussed moving the Academy Awards ceremony up to January. (This year, the awards were in March due to the Olympics, but they have more typically been in late February.) This would be a dramatic change and is being proposed to shorten the award-campaigning season (which, currently, does seem insanely long) and would make the Oscars the primary awards show rather than the last in a long list. Seems like it would be hard to pull off — how do you get all the voters to watch all the movies by December? — but it’s an interesting idea. I’ll keep an eye on this story. If I don’t get attacked by a marauding bird.

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