Oscar® (Way Early!) Update: A January Telecast? And producers named.

Four months ahead of last year's announcement, the 83rd Annual Academy Awards now has telecast producers. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Tom Sherak announced late Tuesday.

Academy Award-winning producer Bruce Cohen and television producer/director Don Mischer will produce the ceremony. Mischer will pull double duty as telecast director as well. While being involved with the telecast is a first for the gentlemen, they worked together on the Academy’s first Governors Awards last November.

I fell in love with the Oscars as an eight-year-old kid, the night my grandmothers let me stay up to watch for the first time,” Cohen was quoted in the press release. "We hope to create a show that celebrates what people around the world love about the Academy Awards year after year – the excitement, glamour and tradition of Oscar Night itself.”

Cohen won an Academy Award in 1999, with Dan Jinks, as a producer of Best Picture “American Beauty.” Both he and Jinks were nominated again in 2008 for "Milk" in the Best Picture category. Cohen’s other producing credits include “Big Fish” (2003) and “Pushing Daisies."

Mischer’s producer/director credits include several Super Bowl halftime shows and the opening ceremonies of both Winter and Summer Olympic Games. He has earned 15 Emmy Awards and a Peabody Award.

But that's not what had people talking... buzz was circulating about a Board of Governors meeting Tuesday night where members discussed moving up the February ceremony date to a Sunday in January.

Since the 2004 ceremony, the Academy moved the normally late March telecast up a month, to February. The 2006 and 2010 ceremonies were held on the first Sundays of March because of the Winter Olympics. Other February ceremonies were held in 1935 and 1939 through 1942.

Wednesday afternoon, Academy officials confirmed the change would not affect next year's ceremony, according to Entertainment Weekly.

"The discussion was about the possibility of doing so no sooner than the 84th Academy Awards, to be held in 2012," an Academy spokeswoman said. "The date for the next Oscar telecast, the 83rd, has already been announced and is firm: February 27, 2011.”

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Now, go back to enjoying your summer.

Read a roundup of reactions from Hollywood insiders.
• From the Hollywood Reporter: "Holding Oscars earlier would be tricky"
• Hollywood scoop queen Nikki Finke first reported the possible move late Tuesday.


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