CATEGORIES Movies
January is traditionally one of the slowest months of the year at the box office, but now industry leaders have come up with a cunning plan to reverse their fortunes -- and it involves the Oscars.

Yep, according to Deadline, last night's Board of Governor's meeting at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences had an extra special discussion about the possibility of moving the Oscars to January. While no decision was reached, the move would mean that from a television perspective, the Oscars would lead off the busy annual awards season rather than end it.

Currently, of course, the Oscars don't take place until February, allowing competitors like the Golden Globes, the Screen Actor's Guild Awards and the BAFTA awards to hit the red carpet earlier, which some in the Academy feel lessens the impact of the Oscars. January is traditionally one of the slowest months of the year at the box office, but now industry leaders have come up with a cunning plan to reverse their fortunes -- and it involves the Oscars.

Yep, according to Deadline, last night's Board of Governor's meeting at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences had an extra special discussion about the possibility of moving the Oscars to January. While no decision was reached, the move would mean that from a television perspective, the Oscars would lead off the busy annual awards season rather than end it.

Currently, of course, the Oscars don't take place until February, allowing competitors like the Golden Globes, the Screen Actor's Guild Awards and the BAFTA awards to hit the red carpet earlier, which some in the Academy feel lessens the impact of the Oscars.

Naturally, there are some sticking points, the main one being the logistic issues involved in getting voters to see all the nominated movies in such a severely abbreviated time frame. Currently, members of the Academy are supplied with complimentary DVDs to aid in this process, but pushing the show up to January may pose increased piracy risks as many studios wait to release award hopefuls until the final week in December, meaning some of them wouldn't even be in wide release before the ceremony takes place. And that, in turn, may actually lessen the box office impact of an earlier ceremony rather than increase it.

Still, the only decision reached so far regarding next year's Oscar telecast is who will be running it -- according to Deadline, it will be Don Mischer and Bruce Cohen taking over for last year's team of Bill Mechanic and Adam Shankman.

Just when they will put on their show, though, is still anyone's guess.