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Oscars move to March in 2014

Story by Jack Foley

THE 2014 Oscars will take place on March 2, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has announced.

The move away from its traditional February 22 spot has been made because the 2014 Winter Olympics will be taking place across the three Sundays that follow the February 2 Super Bowl.

The announcement ends speculation that the ceremony might actually move forward, to January, and allows for even more time for campaigning among the nominees.

Hence, voting will begin on December 27 and continue through January 8, with nominations announced on January 16, a week later than this year.

According to trade publication Variety, the Oscars’ date confirmation increases the likelihood that the Golden Globes will grab January 12 and the Grammys (which also need to escape the Olympics) will settle in on January 26.

Next year’s Screen Actors’ Guild Awards have been set for January 18, with the Producers’ Guild Awards taking place on January 19 and the Directors’ Guild Awards on January 25.

Looking even further ahead, the Academy has already locked down February 22 – its typical spot in recent years – for the 2015 ceremony.

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