2014 Oscars shifted to March 2 because of Winter Olympics

By Steven Mitchell,

It seems that nothing can get in the way of the Winter Olympic Games; not even the Academy Awards. The biggest award show of the year will be televised one week later than normal.

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According to Reuters, the Academy announced Monday that the award show will be held March 2 to avoid a collision with the Winter Olympic Games in Russia, which are held in February. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences also announced the date for the 2015 Oscar ceremony, which will be held Feb. 22.

The ceremonies will be broadcasted on ABC live from the Dolby Theater in Hollywood like usual. A scheduling shift for the Oscars isn’t out of the norm as it has been done in the past because of the Olympic Games.

The Academy Awards isn’t the only award show being shifted around because of the month-long Olympics. The Screen Actors Guild Awards, held before the Oscars, has already announced its ceremony will be held Jan. 18 instead of at the end of January.

The Golden Globes ceremony has not been given a date for its show, but all signs point to a shift as well. It is the second biggest award show of the year and is typically held in mid-January.

With a later ceremony date, that means voting will get an extended period also, reports Variety. Nomination voting will start Dec. 27 and go through Jan. 8. Nominations will be announced Jan. 16, a week later than last season.

The Winter Olympics will begin after Super Bowl Sunday Feb. 7-23 in Sochi, Russia. They will be broadcasted on NBC.

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