The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences just issued this statement about the story I scooped back in June: that the Board of Governors was considering moving up the Oscars to January. The principal reason was so that the Academy Awards would not come last during awards season and have its thunder stolen by the Golden Globes, Hollywood Guilds, Film Indie Spirit awards, etc. (Of course, those awards could be just moved up as well.) The proposal was widely supported by the major film studios. But the technical logistics of moving up the Oscars were proving nightmarish, especially when it came to ensuring how and when Academy members could watch and vote on the coming films. So today’s announcement follows last night’s Board of Governors meeting as well as last night’s surprise that executive director Bruce Davis will retire in 2011. Here it is:

The Academy’s Board of Governors has determined that the date of the 84th Academy Awards in 2012 will not be significantly earlier than the now-traditional last Sunday in February. A different date still remains a possibility in subsequent years, and the Academy’s staff and Board will continue to evaluate the advantages and challenges associated with such a change.