Date set for 2013 Oscars

2012-03-15 15:01

Los Angeles - The annual Academy Awards will be held on Sunday February 24 next year, Oscars organisers said on Wednesday.

Nominations for those shortlisted for prizes on Hollywood's biggest night will be unveiled on Tuesday January 15, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said.

"The ceremony will take place at the Hollywood & Highland Centre in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network to more than 225 countries," it said in a statement.

Cirque du Soleil

The name of the glittering show's venue - the Kodak Theatre, in the heart of Hollywood - was changed at the last minute this year after the bankrupt photo company negotiated an end to its sponsorship deal.

It is unclear if the name will change by next February, or remain the Hollywood and Highland Centre, the entertainment-and-shopping complex which includes the Oscars venue, currently used by dance troupe Cirque du Soleil.

French-directed silent movie The Artist was crowned Best Picture at this year's show on February 26, one of five statuettes won by the black-and-white film.

Veteran director Martin Scorsese's lavish 3D adventure Hugo also won five Oscars, although none of them in the headline actor or director categories.