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2014 Winter Olympics Might Force the Oscars to March

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The 2014 Winter Olympics, being held in Russia, could be causing the 86th Annual Academy Awards to take place in March, instead of its current favorite month of February.

Previous rumors put the venerable movie biz awards stroke fest in January next year, but Deadline says they've been told by insiders that just isn't going to happen.

The Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, will take place February 7 to 23, and a peek at the calendar indicates the Academy's usual last-Sunday-in-February date is the same as the Olympics' Closing Night ceremonies. Since viewers around the globe dig the spectacle of a closing ceremony, there's just no way ABC can compete, even with the Oscars. Go back a pre-Olympics Sunday in February, and the Oscars would be tackling (pun intended) the Super Bowl. Well, duh, that's not a good idea, either.

When February has been an issue in the past, the Academy goes to March. So that means the date we're likely to hear announced as the next Oscars is probably March 2, 2014.

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Other big showbiz awards are already announcing their schedules, and seem to be each electing to go a week earlier, picking January dates: SAG on January 18, Directors Guild on January 25, and the Golden Globes on January 12. A bigger time between nominations and earlier awards shows also means longer screen time for nominated films, which means more revenue.

So will it be March 2? Looks like it. Now, let's go back to talking about who would make a great host.