An interesting development for Oscar watchers happened tonight when the DGA announced it will deliver its nominations January 8th. The Oscar nominations will come two days later but there will be no overlap, meaning, no overriding influence of the DGA on Oscar.

By contrast, last year DGA nominations came out on January 9 and Oscar ballots CLOSED on January 3.

So this is how it’s going to go down:

January 3 – PGA nominations
January 3 – Oscar ballots close
January 8 – DGA nominations
January  10 – Oscar nominations

Therefore, there will be NO direct influence by the DGA or the PGA on nominations. This should be a very interesting Oscar year.  It will be a true guessing game, not a gimme.