Feb. 24 golden for 80th Oscars


The 80th Annual Academy Awards has settled into the late-February time frame that the awards show has now used three times -- in 2004, '05 and again this year.

Next year's ceremony is set for Feb. 24, the last Sunday in February, said Academy president Sid Ganis, who announced the 2008 Oscar calendar Wednesday.

ABC again will broadcast the show live from the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland.

To accommodate the Feb. 24 date, the Academy will announce its nominations at 5:30 a.m. PST on Jan. 22.

The awards cycle will kick off Dec. 3, when official screen credit forms are due.

Nominations ballots will be mailed Dec. 26, and the nominations polls will close at 5 p.m. PST on Jan 12.

Following the announcement of the nominations Jan. 22, final ballots will be mailed Jan. 30, and the final polls will close at 5 p.m. PST on Feb. 19.

The Academy will hold its nominees luncheon Feb. 4. The Scientific and Technical Achievement Awards presentation is slated for Feb. 9.