The motion picture academy is heading for a major scheduling headache as next year’s calendar is filling up with high profile events. (Help them out by voting in the poll at the bottom of this post.)
Every Sunday in February 2014 already has a major sporting event taking place. The Super Bowl is Feb. 2. And the Winter Olympics run from Feb. 7 to 23.
Since the Oscars moved up to February in 2004, there have been two Olympics and in both those years (2006, 2010), the academy shifted the kudocast back to March.
But is that too late for the academy, which wants to hold the Oscars before the onset of awards fatigue.
This year, the academy used electronic voting for the first time and was able to move up the date for the announcement of Oscar nominations by five days to Jan. 10. Then, after one of the longest waits (29 days) ever to cast final ballots — beginning Feb. 8 for 10 days — the ceremony took place on Feb. 24, 45 days after nominations were revealed. Ratings were up, though much of that boost could be due to the box office success of the Best Picture contenders.
Oscar nomination ballots had been due Jan. 3. Some of this year’s guild nominees, usually a reliable signpost of Oscar nominations, were announced after that due date. The actors, producers, writers and art directors did get in before the cut-off.
Next year, the Screen Actors Guild is scheduled to hand out its honors on Jan. 18 (a Saturday). This year, the SAG Awards were Jan. 27, with the nominations having been announced 46 days earlier on Dec. 12. That early announcement could come even sooner.
Next year’s Producers Guild awards will take place on Jan. 19 (a Sunday). This year, the PGA announced nominations 24 days (Jan. 2) before the Jan. 26 ceremony. Sticking to that timetable means next year’s noms should be revealed on Dec. 26
The Directors Guild awards will be on Jan. 25 (a Saturday) at the Hollywood/Highland complex in the room in which Governors Ball is held following the Oscars. That all but rules out the Oscars being held on Jan. 26. In addition, the Grammys are likely to land there due to that spate of sport in February.
This year, the DGA waited till Feb. 2 to have their awards, 25 days after nominees were unveiled on Jan. 8. Following this calendar, the DGA nominations would come out on Dec. 31.
The Oscars moved to Sunday in 1999 after being on Monday for decades. Sticking with that next year would mean an Oscarcast on Jan. 5 or Jan. 12. Is that feasible or desirable? Will they shift to another day of the week in January or stay with Sunday and wait till March 2?