Oscar Dates Announced

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The 78th Annual Academy Awards will be held on Sunday, March 5, 2006, and it will start on the hour — 5 p.m. straight up on the West Coast, 8 p.m. on the East.

The traditional red carpet arrivals pre-show that precedes the Oscar telecast will start at 4:30 p.m. on Oscar Sunday 2006.

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 p.m. PST.

Tuesday, January 31, 2006:
» Nominations announced 5:30 a.m. PST, Samuel Goldwyn Theater

Wednesday, February 8, 2006:
» Final ballots mailed.

Monday, February 13, 2006:
» Nominees Luncheon (Beverly Hilton Hotel)

Saturday, February 18, 2006:
» Scientific and Technical Awards Dinner

Tuesday, February 28, 2006:
» Final polls close 5 p.m. PST.

Sunday, March 5, 2006:
» 78th Annual Academy Awards Presentation