The 78th Annual Academy Awards, televised live on ABC from the Kodak Theatre at the Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, will be held on Sunday, March 5, 2006. The gala will start on the hour: 5 p.m. on the West Coast, 8 p.m. on the East. The red carpet arrivals show that precedes the Oscar telecast will start one half-hour earlier (of course E!'s super extended coverage begins, like, days before).
Key Oscar dates are:
Thursday, December 29, 2005 - Nominations ballots mailed.
Saturday, January 21, 2006 - Nominations polls close 5 p.m. PST.
Tuesday, January 31, 2006 - Nominations announced 5:30 a.m. PST, Samuel Goldwyn Theater
Wednesday, February 8, 2006 - Final ballots mailed.
Monday, February 13, 2006 - Nominees Luncheon
Beverly Hilton Hotel
Saturday, February 18, 2006 - Scientific and Technical Awards Dinner
Tuesday, February 28, 2006 - Final polls close 5 p.m. PST.
Sunday, March 5, 2006 - 78th Annual Academy Awards Presentation
Our coverage of last year's Awards, the Swank/Eastwood/Million Dollar lovefest, is gathered here.