The 81st Annual Academy Awards will be presented on Sunday, February 22, 2009, Academy President Sid Ganis announced today.

The ceremony will again take place at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network.

Key dates currently scheduled are:

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Monday, December 1, 2008: Official Screen Credits forms due

Friday, December 26, 2008: Nominations ballots mailed

Monday, January 12, 2009: Nominations polls close 5 p.m. PT

Thursday, January 22, 2009: Nominations announced 5:30 a.m. PT, Samuel Goldwyn Theater

Wednesday, January 28, 2009: Final ballots mailed

Monday, February 2, 2009: Nominees Luncheon

Saturday, February 7, 2009: Scientific and Technical Achievement Awards presentation

Tuesday, February 17, 2009: Final polls close 5 p.m. PT

Sunday, February 22, 2009: 81st Annual Academy Awards presentation

The dates are in keeping with those of recent years, since the presentation date was moved from March to February. However, one notable change for the 81st Awards is the move of the Nominations Announcement from the traditional Tuesday to a Thursday. The switch was made to avoid a conflict with the 2009 Presidential Inauguration.

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