The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced several key dates in the lead-up to the 2017 Oscars ceremony, affecting the timeframe of the voting and nomination process.

As previously announced, the 89th annual Academy Awards will take place on February 26, 2017. While that date is similar to this year's ceremony's calendar position, the Academy has revealed that it's making some significant changes to the nomination schedule.

Next year, nomination voting will officially open on January 5 (versus last year's opening voting date of December 30), and will close on January 13 (versus January 8 of this year). Nominations will then be announced on January 24, 2017 (versus January 14 of this year).

In years past, the Oscars had traditionally announced their nominations in late January, before moving up the process in an effort to beat out -- and some say one-up -- the Golden Globe Awards, which holds its telecast in early January. Now, Oscar nominations will once again come out after the Globes take place, but the later timeframe will hopefully allow Academy members (including the whopping 683 new invitees) ample time to evaluate more eligible movies, and ensure a carefully considered slate of nominees.

Here's the full schedule of important dates for the Academy in the run-up to the 89th awards:

Saturday, November 12, 2016 — Governors Awards
Thursday, January 5, 2017 — Nominations voting opens
Friday, January 13, 2017 — Nominations voting closes
Tuesday, January 24, 2017 — Oscar Nominations Announcement
Monday, February 6, 2017 — Oscar Nominees Luncheon
Saturday, February 11, 2017 — Scientific and Technical Awards
Monday, February 13, 2017 — Finals voting opens
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 — Finals voting closes
Oscar Sunday, February 26, 2017 — 89th Academy Awards

[via: The Hollywood Reporter]

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