Rumours online suggest that because of the Superbowl on the February 2nd weekend and the winter Olympics taking place for the other three weekends, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences therefore can do one of a handful of things: go for the 3rd of February, the Monday after the Superbowl, or February 24th, the Monday after the Olympics. They could push the ceremony back until early March – as they did in 2010 during the Olympics or, and according to Variety this is the one being considered, put the Oscars in January.
Darkhorizons has pointed out that ‘with the Grammys on January 26th and NFL’s conference championships on January 19th, there’s talk that next year could see the double header of the Golden Globes on January 5th and then the Oscars on the 12th.’
‘To do this it would mean AMPAS members would likely have to finish their nominations voting before Christmas. It would also mean a lot of Oscar-contending movies would have to be out on screens in October and November as December release movies would run a high risk of missing out.’
So, book that night off earlier in 2014…