BAFTA Awards Likely to Move Earlier for 2020 in Line With New Oscars Date

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"Our intention will be to stay ahead of the Oscars, as we have been since 2001," said a spokesperson.

The decision by the Academy to move the date of the Oscars forward by two weeks in 2020 will likely impact the biggest film awards ceremony outside of the U.S.

Since 2001, the BAFTA awards has been held in early February in order to put them ahead of the Oscars, usually by two weeks. But the Academy's announcement Monday to switch the date from Feb. 23 to Feb. 9 looks set to see the Brits follow suit. 

"We are now looking at the timeline for the British Academy Film Awards, and will consult with the industry, before announcing our date for 2020," said a BAFTA spokesperson. "Our intention will be to stay ahead of the Oscars, as we have been since 2001."

While there is no indication what the new date would be, in keeping with its current positioning relative to the Oscars, the 2020 BAFTA Awards would be held Jan. 26.