Friday, March 1, 2013

Date for 2014 Oscars up in the air (updated)

The 86th Academy Awards won't be in February next year.

Because of a calendar gridlock, Sundays in February are not available to the Academy. Every four years the Winter Olympics takes up three Sundays and the first Sunday is typically reserved for the Super Bowl. In 2014, the winter games from Sochi, Russia, are Friday, Feb. 7, to Sunday, Feb. 23. The big football game, numbered XLVIII, is Sunday, Feb. 2.

That leaves the Academy to choose a Sunday in January or March 2. UPDATE (3/25/13): The Academy announced the ceremony date: March 2.

In 2006 and 2010, the Academy and ABC scheduled the Oscars around the winter games by pushing the show into March. (The Academy permanently moved up the Oscars from a March slot to February beginning with the 76th Academy Awards in 2004.)

The Academy could move the ceremony from a Sunday night, but that seems unlikely. The most recent Oscars ceremony on a Monday was the 70th Academy Awards on March 23, 1998. And ABC would not want to counter program against the Olympics or football, typically ratings juggernauts.

Available Dates
Jan. 5: Golden Globes?
Jan. 12: Golden Globes? (NBC may have to televise an NFL divisional playoff game)
Jan. 19: NFL conference championships
Jan. 26: Grammy Awards (rumored)
March 2: The Oscars?

Other awards shows
The Oscars isn't the only show affected by an Olympics year.

The Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards has been set for Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, the earliest it has taken place. Since 2006, the SAG Awards has occurred on the last Sunday of January — except 2010 when the event took place on Saturday, Jan. 23. Organizers said NFL and Olympic scheduling were the reason for the Saturday ceremony.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has not yet announced its date for the 2014 Golden Globes. Typically, the Globes takes place before the SAG Awards. This year, the show was on Jan. 13. If NBC has an NFL divisional playoff game to air, the Globes could be pushed to Jan. 5.

The Recording Academy will also have a tough task finding a Sunday spot for its Grammy Awards. This year's ceremony was on Feb. 10. The 2010 ceremony took place on Jan. 31 and the 2006 ceremony was on Feb. 8, the Sunday before the Olympics opened.

The Producers Guild of America announced that it moved its PGA Awards to Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014.

The Academy typically announces its next Oscars date in March or April during the prior year. If it is going to stake a claim on a January Sunday, the nonprofit organization may need to announce its date sooner.

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