Oscars Moved Back a Week for 2010

Want to avoid conflict with the Winter Olympics in Vancouver

The Oscars are creeping their way back again.

The 82nd Annual Academy Awards will be held one week later than usual, on Sunday, March 7, 2010, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced on Wednesday. The move was made to avoid conflicts with the closing ceremonies of the Winter Olympics in Vancouver on Feb. 28.

Once held regularly at the end of March — even occasionally reaching into the beginning of April — they ceremony was moved in 2004 to the last Sunday in February, which was seen at the time as an attempt to gain prominence over the increasing encroachment of the Globe’s.

As usual, it will take place at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood and be televised by ABC. Nominations will be announced on Feb. 2.

Here are the key dates, as announced by the Academy:

Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009: Official Screen Credits forms due
Monday, Dec. 28, 2009: Nominations ballots mailed
Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010:  Nominations polls close 5 p.m. PT
Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2010:  Nominations announced 5:30 a.m. PT, Samuel Goldwyn Theater
Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2010: Final ballots mailed
Monday, Feb.15, 2010: Nominees Luncheon
Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010: Scientific and Technical Achievement Awards presentation
Tuesday, Mar. 2, 2010: Final polls close 5 p.m. PT
Sunday, Mar. 7, 2010: 82nd Annual Academy Awards presentation