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Oscars will not be moved in 2011, says Academy

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Despite Internet rumors claiming the Oscars telecast would be moved up to January, officials from Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences insist that the date for the 2011 Oscars will not be changed. Director of communications Leslie Unger issued the following statement to EW: “At the June 22 meeting of the Academy’s Board of Governors, there was discussion about moving the date of the Oscar telecast earlier. The discussion was about the possibility of doing so no sooner than the 84th Academy Awards, to be held in 2012. The date for the next Oscar telecast, the 83rd, has already been announced and is firm: February 27, 2011. There are a number of questions still to be answered and challenges to be addressed with regard to moving the show to an earlier date. The Academy Governors and staff have been adn will continue to look into those questions and challenges. No decision has been made and there is currently no timetable for when a decision might be made. This idea is simply under consideration and being explored as a possibility.”

Also: Dave Karger: The Oscars in January? Not so fast.