LOS ANGELES – The Oscars are moving back to February.
This year's show was moved to the first Sunday in March to avoid going head-to-head against NBC's broadcast of the Winter Olympics' closing ceremonies.
Sid Ganis, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, announced the key Oscar dates on Monday, noting that the February show means nominations and the balloting process will take place earlier than they did this year.
Oscar nominees will be announced Jan. 23 . Final ballots will be mailed Jan. 31 and will be due Feb. 20.