Oscars 2017 : The Award Nominations To Go Online This Year
This year’s Academy awards nominations are going to be different than the regular one. Till now it has been done in a traditional way with a live event from AMPAS headquarters in Beverly Hills. But this year it will go online. The Academy will have an array of past winners read this year’s Oscar nominees in an online global event that will also be aired on television on Tuesday, January 24. The past award winners including Jennifer Hudson, Brie Larson, Emmanuel Lubezki, Jason Reitman and Ken Watanabe will be joining Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs and offer insights into their own Oscars experience, along with welcoming the new nominees to the club.
“In a departure from our tradition of a live audience at the Academy, this year’s nominations will be announced via a global live stream on Oscar.com, Oscars.org, the Academy’s digital platforms, a satellite feed, and local broadcasters, including ‘Good Morning America,’” said a release from the Academy.
The announcement will begin at 5:18 a.m. PT, 20 minutes earlier than the traditional 5:38 announcement, when fewer than a dozen categories were announced live on the air.
Last year’s nominations event had began at 5:30, with the first of two separate announcements that covered all 24 categories.
In recent years, Academy has been steadily pushing for a greater online presence from promotions of the show to online voting. This year, invitations to join AMPAS, were sent by email rather than regular mail.
The new format ends the longstanding Oscars tradition in which press and publicists would go to Academy headquarters in the wee hours for the announcement, will have a pre-nominations buffet breakfast and then rushing to spread the news once the names were revealed.
The 89th Oscars, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel,will take place on Sunday, Feb. 26.
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