When the nominations are announced for the 89th Oscars on Jan. 24, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will use a slightly different format to reveal the names of the nominees.
Instead of inviting the press and publicists to the Samuel Goldwyn Theater to witness Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs, along with a couple of Academy members, read out the list of nominees live, the Academy has decided to produce its own in-house announcement presentation, which will be offered via a live stream on the web at Oscar.com, Oscars.org and on the Academy's digital platforms. The announcement also will air on ABC's Good Morning America and be available as a satellite feed to other broadcasters.
The announcement still will take place during the predawn hours and is set to begin at 5:18 a.m. Pacific time.
Boone Isaacs will be joined by several past Oscar winners and nominees, including Jennifer Hudson, Brie Larson, Emmanuel Lubezki, Jason Reitman and Ken Watanabe, who are expected to lend a personal touch, reflecting on their own experiences as nominees as they unveil the latest slate of noms in all 24 categories.
One Academy insider described the move as part of an online push to attract a 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.