The 2020 Awards Season Calendar is already set. And it’s gonna be the craziest one yet. Why?
Remember when The Academy announced several major changes last summer, including that whole “Best Popular Film” thing? Well, one of them was a date change for the 2020 Oscars. The ceremony will be Sunday February 9th.
That’s two weeks earlier than this year’s show (Feb. 24) and three weeks earlier than the 2018 telecast (Mar. 4). The Academy believes that by moving up two weeks, it will shorten an elongated, overdrawn, exhausting awards season.
Sure. It’s now being cut down by two weeks. But because the Oscars has to go last, everyone else has to adjust. Most prominently: the BAFTA Awards, held on Feb. 10 this year, are moving to Feb. 3. And the Independent Spirit Awards (a day before the Oscars staple) is jumping ahead from this year’s Feb. 23 to Feb. 8 in 2020.
Here’s the breakdown:
Sunday January 5th: The Golden Globes kick things off at 8pmET on NBC.
Sunday January 12th: The Critics Choice Awards at 7pmET on The CW. Taye Diggs is already confirmed to return as host of the 25th Annual ceremony.
Saturday January 25th: The Annie Awards, which will once again livestream online around 10pmET. (This year’s show was on Feb. 2)
Sunday January 26th: The SAG Awards, which will be going up against the Grammys. Lady Gaga couldn’t have attended both if this was the cast this year.
Sunday February 2nd: The BAFTAs, which will be broadcast at the same time as the Super Bowl. (I’ll be flipping back and forth.)
Saturday February 8th: The Spirit Awards, whose host(s) will likely acknowledge the earlier awards season timeframe during the monologue.
Sunday February 9th: The Oscars. ABC Entertainment Chief Karey Burke is predicting that because the ratings were up (slightly) this year, a no-host show will likely happen again.
Actually, the calendar is incomplete… for now. The 2020 LCJ Movie Awards: Official Date Coming Soon!