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Oscars 2012: Nominations date jumps ahead to Jan. 10

Oscar statuettes are on display during the opening of an exhibition at Grand Central Station in New York on Feb. 23, 2011. Getty

(CBS/AP) Academy Awards organizers have moved up a key date in Hollywood's upcoming awards season.

Nominations for the 85th Oscars will be announced on Jan. 10 - five days earlier than the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences previously announced.

Oscar overseers say the switch will give the academy's nearly 6,000 members more time to see nominated films before the Feb. 24 awards ceremony.

The change also puts the Academy Awards nominations three days before Hollywood's second-biggest film awards - the Golden Globes, whose ceremony takes place Jan. 13.

Oscar nominations typically come out after the Globes. The earlier date for Oscar nominations could steal a bit of attention from the Globes, which are presented by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

The Oscar nominations will be announced on Jan. 10 at 8:30 a.m. ET/5:30 a.m. PT.

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