The 2022 Oscars Timeline, and What it Means

After last years major changes to the dates of the Oscar timeline and for eligibility, going into the next year(!), we have now been informed of next years Oscars timeline which looks like a much more standard year, with the big thing being the nominees and winners will be announced later then usual, thought anything beats this years Academy Awards!

Here’s the Oscar timeline for the 2022 season:

General entry categories submission deadlineMonday, November 15, 2021
Preliminary voting begins 9 a.m. PTFriday, December 10, 2021
Preliminary voting ends 5 p.m. PTWednesday, December 15, 2021
Oscar Shortlists Announcement Tuesday, December 21, 2021
Eligibility period ends Friday, December 31, 2021
Governors AwardsSaturday, January 15, 2022
Nominations voting begins 9 a.m. PTThursday, January 27, 2022
Nominations voting ends 5 p.m. PT Tuesday, February 1, 2022
Oscar Nominations Announcement Tuesday, February 8, 2022
Oscar Nominees LuncheonMonday, March 7, 2022
Finals voting begins 9 a.m. PTThursday, March 17, 2022
Finals voting ends 5 p.m. PT Tuesday, March 22, 2022
94th OscarsSunday, March 27, 2022

The main thing to note is that eligibility is now until the end of this calendar year. Due to the pandemic and the future of movie theaters being unknown, the Academy had to change adjust to fit the pandemic world we were, and still kinda are, living. Firstly, the eligibility dates had to change. Due to movie theaters being forced to close, many movies that were set for a theatrical release couldn’t be released on didn’t come out at a certain festival. The Academy added an extra two month window to the eligibility rules to the 28th February 2021 in order to allow movies the opportunity to release in their preferred manner. This year it’s back to normal, so if said movie isn’t released in 2021, don’t expect to see it at next years Oscars. This is down to the pandemic levels being a lot lower then they were last year and because the vaccine has been such a success, movie theaters having to shut after re-opening seems unlikely, then again I’m no expert and this pandemic has thrown us through some loops!

Secondly, the Academy had to change the eligibility in terms of movies being released to streaming with no theatrical run. If they kept theatrical movies only as a rule last years Oscars would be dead, wouldn’t surprise me if Bad Boys For Life got in for Sound if this was the rule as not much would be eligible, so the Academy compromised. If you were planning a theatrical run but switched to streaming, you can qualify for Academy consideration. This year, that rule has stayed the same! I think this could be down to two things, or maybe both – 1. many movies have switched to streaming as they are still unsure what the future of the pandemic and/or 2. streaming services have become the norm in terms of how most audiences watch movies and the Academy is going to have to adjust to this.

… here’s hoping this is the first and last article I write on the Academy’s eligibility rules for the year.

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