With this year’s best picture controversy seemingly behind it, the Academy is trucking on into the future.
The roughly 7,000-strong Hollywood organization announced Tuesday the broadcast dates for three of its upcoming ceremonies. Continuing the modern tradition of airing during the second month of the year, the 91st, 92nd and 93rd Oscars will be televised live on ABC on Feb. 24, 2019, Feb. 23, 2020, and Feb. 28, 2021, respectively.
A date for the 90th Academy Awards was previously confirmed for March 4, 2018 — the first time the Oscars have been handed out after February since 2014, when AMPAS shifted the date to Sunday, March 2 to avoid competition with coverage of the Sochi Winter Olympics. The 2018 Winter Olympics’ closing ceremony is slated for Sunday, Feb. 25, which likely explains the Academy’s decision to stage the Oscars the following month.
Additionally, the Academy unveiled other key dates for the 2017-18 awards season as follows:
Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017 – Governors Awards
Friday, Jan. 5, 2018 – Nominations voting opens
Friday, Jan. 12, 2018 – Nominations voting closes
Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018 – Oscar Nominations Announcement
Monday, Feb. 5, 2018 – Oscar Nominees Luncheon
Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018 – Scientific and Technical Awards
Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018 – Finals voting opens
Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018 – Finals voting closes
Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018 – The Oscar Concert
Despite the headline-making mix-up during the 89th Oscars telecast — which saw presenters Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty announce the wrong film for Best Picture winner after they were handed the wrong envelope — the Academy will retain the accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, which tabulates the votes and handles the envelopes, for the season ahead.
As they have since 2002, the Oscars will take place at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in California for their 90th edition.