ABC ANNOUNCES THE AIRDATE OF HOLLYWOOD’S BIGGEST NIGHT, THE 82ND ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS, ON SUNDAY, MARCH 7, 2010

The 82nd Annual Academy Awards will be presented on Sunday, March 7, 2010, live at 8:30 p.m., ET on the ABC Television Network. The ceremony will once again take place at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood. The announcement was made today by Academy President Sid Ganis.

Nominations for the 82nd Annual Academy Awards will take place Tuesday, February 2, 2010, at 5:30 a.m., PT from the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Los Angeles.

Other key dates announced by the Academy include:

Tuesday, December 1, 2009: Official Screen Credits forms due
Monday, December 28, 2009: Nominations ballots mailed
Saturday, January 23, 2010: Nominations polls close 5:00 p.m., PT
Tuesday, February 2, 2010: Nominations announced 5:30 a.m., PT, Samuel Goldwyn Theater
Wednesday, February 10, 2010: Final ballots mailed
Monday, February 15, 2010: Nominees Luncheon
Saturday, February 20, 2010: Scientific and Technical Achievement Awards presentation
Tuesday, March 2, 2010: Final polls close 5:00 p.m., PT
Sunday, March 7, 2010: 82nd Annual Academy Awards presentation

About the Academy
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is the world’s preeminent movie-related organization, with a membership of more than 6,000 of the most accomplished men and women working in cinema. In addition to the annual Academy Awards – in which the members vote to select the nominees and winners – the Academy presents a diverse year-round slate of public programs, exhibitions and events; provides financial support to a wide range of other movie-related organizations and endeavors; acts as a neutral advocate in the advancement of motion picture technology; and, through its Margaret Herrick Library and Academy Film Archive, collects, preserves, restores and provides access to movies and items related to their history. Through these and other activities the Academy serves students, historians, the entertainment industry and people everywhere who love movies.

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