Oscar fans will not have to wait quite as long to find out who's nominated this year. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences announced the official timeline of the 85th Annual Academy Awards today, and the nomination announcement is scheduled for Jan. 10, 2013, five days before the originally announced date.
Zap2it points out that the nominees will now be announced before the Jan. 13 Golden Globes broadcast. Nominees and fans attending or watching the Globes will already know who's in the running for Oscar gold.
The Academy explains in the official press release, "In an effort to provide members and the public a longer period of time to see the nominated films, the Academy will reveal the 85th Academy Award nominations on January 10, five days earlier than previously announced."
This year will also feature electronic voting options for the first time: "The Academy will make several voting resources available to members during the transition, including the installation of assisted voting stations in Los Angeles, New York and London, a 24-hour telephone help line during voting periods, and paper ballots."
Final voting will occur between Feb. 8 and Feb. 19. The awards ceremony will air Sunday, Feb. 24 on ABC.
Photo Credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez, Getty Images / Entertainment Weekly