Nominations for the 81st Academy Awards® will be announced tomorrow, Thursday, 22 January, 5:30 a.m. PT. As usual, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Sid Ganis will make the announcement assisted by a member of the Academy. Oscar-winning actor and Academy member Forest Whitaker (THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND) will accompany him this year.
Ganis and Whitaker will unveil the nominations in 10 of the 24 award categories in a news conference at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Of course, hundreds of media representatives from around the world will be gathered.
The Academy's official Oscar Web site is now up and will be activated when the nominations are announced. Information for all categories will be distributed simultaneously to news media in attendance and via the Internet on the official Oscar Web site, www.oscar.com.
Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2008 will be presented on Sunday, 22 February 2009, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center® and televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.