Oscars move to March for 2014, back to February in 2015

As was expected, the next Oscars will take place on Sunday March 2, 2014. That date, announced Monday, marks  a shift away from the recent strategy of holding the kudocast before the onset of awards fatigue.  

The motion picture academy had a major scheduling headache. Every Sunday in February 2014 already has a major sporting contest 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. 

However, for 2015, the Oscars are slotted in for February 22, the last Sunday of that short month.

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This year’s Oscars took place on Sunday, Feb. 24. The academy used electronic voting for the first time. The nominations period ran from Dec. 17 to Jan. 4. and nominations were announced on Jan. 10.

Next year, nominations will open on Dec. 27, end on Jan. 8 and be revealed on Jan. 16. Final voting will run from Feb. 14 to Feb. 25.

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That gap of 29 days between the announcement of the nominations and the beginning of final voting equals this year’s, which was one of the longest ever. And, like this year, there will be a wait of 45 days to know the winners. Ratings were up for the Oscars, though much of that boost could be due to the box office success of the Best Picture contenders.

With this year’s Oscar nomination ballots due Jan. 4, some of this year’s guild nominees, usually a reliable signpost of Oscar nominations, were announced after that 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. 

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