Oscar 2017: New Digital Method of Announcing Nominations January 24

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) is changing its method of announcing Oscar nominations to a live audience at its headquarters for a more digital disclosure.

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The announcement has been made for many years to an audience of media and publicists at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

Instead, the nominations will be announced January 24 through the Academy’s own presentation, using a global live stream on the Academy’s Oscar.com and Oscars.org platforms along with a satellite feed, and through local broadcasters, including ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

The announcement will also begin earlier at 5:18 a.m. PST, last year’s kicked off at 5:30 a.m. PST.

The Academy has selected Oscar winners and nominees Jennifer Hudson, Brie Larson, Emmanuel Lubezki, Jason Reitman and Ken Watanabe to join Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs for the presentations.

AMPAS issued the release late Friday afternoon but did not spell out a reason for the switch in how it announces the nominations.

Last year’s announcement was made at the Goldwyn by directors Guillermo del Toro and Ang Lee, Boone Isaacs, and actor John Krasinski.

“To support your coverage, downloads and editorial content for the 24 Oscar award categories will be available on Oscar.com and Oscars.org immediately following the announcement,” the Academy said. “Satellite coordinates and announcement details will be available in the coming days, including interview opportunities. We invite you to celebrate our 89th Academy Awards with us, and to share in a terrific new Oscar season.”

Academy insiders describe the move as part of an online push to attract a big global audience. But it also will have the added side benefit of saving Academy executives from having to answer any media questions about the nominations, as was the case of the controversy around #Oscarsowhite.