The Oscars Nominations Shift: What Does It Mean?

Oscars 2013Like The Great Vowel Shift of 1350 before it, the Oscars nomination announcement shift of 2013 is likely to go down in history.

Overstatement, you say? Well, yes OK, so maybe we’re overstating a bit here, but the news definitely caused a stir throughout the industry today–with fans happy, and other groups scratching their heads.

When the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences decided there would be a shift from January 15th to January 10th for the nomination announcements, the group noted that this shift would give members a longer period of time to see the films up for Oscars. Having to cram in the amount of movies honored each year is certainly an issue when you have to see so many in a short period of time. However, it got folks thinking that this turnaround would also affect those outside of AMPAS, too. Namely, the Hollywood Foreign Press and their own televised awards ceremony: the Golden Globes.

In previous years, the Globes have been awarded a few days ahead of the Oscars’ announcement, giving people a good idea of what will or won’t get the nominations from the Academy. For movie fans, the change may take a positive spin: they can hope that their favorite films might get a second chance–or at least, another opportunity to root for those snubbed elsewhere. But for the Globes, it probably feels a bit like a slap in the face.

And why is that? Well, the Globes will probably be a little bit overshadowed now, don’t you think? The Globes are the homecoming formal, and the Oscars are prom, really: both dances that are big and important to the people who like them, but one carries the weight of being the be-all, end-all.

In the end, will it make a difference as to who takes home the awards? No, of course not. But everyone wants their chance to shine, and the Oscars’ nomination change seems to take away a bit of attention from the Globes, and will ultimately cause even more comparisons between the two award shows than there already were previous.

What do you think of the nomination date change? Let us know in the comments!

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