Key Dates Announced for 78th Academy Awards

Today, the Motion Picture Academy announced the timeline for the 78th Annual Academy Awards, to be held on Sunday, March 5, 2006, beginning at 5 PM Pacific Time/8 PM Eastern.

The traditional red carpet arrivals pre-show that precedes the Oscar telecast will start at 4:30 PM Pacific/7:30 PM Easten on Oscar Sunday 2006, and the telecast will again originate from the Kodak Theatre at the Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network.

Key dates currently scheduled are:

Thursday, December 29, 2005:

Nominations ballots mailed.

Saturday, January 21, 2006:

Nominations polls close, 5 PM PST

Tuesday, January 31, 2006:

Nominations announced 5:30 AM PST, at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills

Wednesday, February 8, 2006:

Final ballots mailed

Monday, February 13, 2006

Nominees Luncheon at the Beverly Hilton Hotel

Saturday, February 18, 2006:

Scientific and Technical Awards Dinner, location TBD

Tuesday, February 28, 2006:

Final polls close, 5 PM PST

Sunday, March 5, 2006:

78th Annual Academy Awards Presentation, Kodak Theatre in Hollywood

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