My latest Vote column for the print edition of Variety looks at what a difference 10 days makes in the Oscar race.Ten days. Ten little days' difference between the Oscar nomination ballot deadline in 2012 (Jan. 13) and 2013 (Jan. 3).
Ten days that are shaking Hollywood's world, knocking festivals, awards strategists, other kudofests and conspiracy theorists upside their heads.
It says something about the level of fear (and in some cases, loathing) spurred by Tuesday's news that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has moved up its nomination dates that a simultaneous milestone announcement, introducing electronic voting to the Oscars, played second fiddle.
Don't worry. There will be plenty of time for anxiety and doomsday scenarios over the fate of those e-ballots later on, though I can't imagine anyone ever felt completely secure sticking their choices in the mailbox all these years.
For now, it's those 10 days that weigh on awards watchers. ...