The Academy of Motion Arts and Sciences typically announces the Oscar nominations in mid-January, with the awards ceremony held in late February to early March. The 88th Academy Awards celebration is scheduled for Feb. 28, 2016, with the nominations announced on Jan. 14, 2016.
The 89th and 90th Academy Awards ceremonies are scheduled for Feb. 26, 2017 and March 4, 2018, respectively.
Oscar season begins in late December when voting for nominations opens. Members nominate based upon the branch they belong to: actors nominate actors, directors nominate directors, and so on. All members can nominate films for Best Picture. Results are announced in a live press conference in mid-January.