Oscar Prep, Set-up

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Mark your calendars, Hollywood.

Because it's never too soon to prepare yourselves for the annual self-congratulations fest of the rich and famous (AKA awards season), the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has wasted no time in announcing a date for next year's 85th annual Oscars ceremony: Feb. 24, 2013. It will be held, as always, at the Kodak Theatre whatever it's called by then.

The nominations will be unveiled on Jan. 15.

So start practicing your surprised faces now, thesps. You know who you are—and so do we.

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