New date moves the show slightly earlier in the year, keeping it clear if the Oscars tighten the awards calendar
The Producers Guild of America announced the date of its 2013 awards on Wednesday – and while the PGA isn't making any big changes in when it will give out its awards, it is inching earlier, and will certainly be in the clear if the Academy decides to move up the date of the Oscars.
The 2013 PGA Awards will take place on January 19 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, the guild announced. The 2012 ceremony took place on January 21, the 2011 show on January 22 and the 2010 awards on January 24.
The PGA Award has become one of the most accurate predictors of an Oscar win; it is the only guild that uses the same preferential system as the Academy to count its ballots.
The last four PGA winners – "The King's Speech," "The Hurt Locker," "Slumdog Millionaire" and "No Country for Old Men" – went on to win the Academy Award for Best Picture.
This year's winner, "The Artist," is considered the Oscar frontrunner.
The Academy's Board of Governors will consider proposals to move the Oscars earlier in the year as early as March of this year. Any such move would tighten the awards calendar, though it's unlikely that the Academy could move its show any earlier than late January at the earliest.