The last couple of months of the year are, typically, where the Oscar winners live. The studios park their contenders there, all piled up, ready to be judged and, if things go to plan, paraded up the red carpet to where the little gold man awaits.
If the Academy's rumoured decision to stage the Oscars in January next year goes ahead, then some of this year's big hopefuls might find themselves suddenly on a far tighter schedule.
Consider George Clooney's Memorial Men, a World War 2 caper with Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett and Jean Dujardin. That won't start shooting for a couple of months and getting ready for December was already going to be a squeeze. If nominations need to be completed by mid-November... well, it might not be good for Gorgeous George's heart.
The reason for the schedule shift lies in the desire to televise the Oscars on a Sunday night. All of the Sundays in February, however, belong to sport - variously the Superbowl and the Winter Olympics. Meanwhile, January 19th and 26th are already booked for some NFL business and The Grammy's respectively.
This would mean that the Academy would have to go in the first half of January, or go late.
You'd think they'd just push back to March, right? Well, I have no idea why they wouldn't, but Variety say:
The prevailing sentiment among insiders is that AMPAS is determined to push its kudofest earlier.Crazy. If they have their reasons, I want to hear them.