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Hollywood Award Shows Forced Into Being Good Sports

With the Super Bowl and Olympics bogarting February, kudocasts are skating in opposite directions

The 2014 Winter Olympics may be on the far side of the world from Hollywood, but there’s no doubt how much the global sporting extravaganza is affecting next year’s awards season.

(From the pages of the April 9 issue of Variety.)

Because the Olympics in Sochi, Russia, bridge three Sundays in February and follow the Feb. 2 Super Bowl XLVIII in New Jersey, the entertainment community’s kudofests have parted like the Red Sea, splitting into either January or March to avoid being tackled or snowed under.

Among the major awards shows that have scheduled their 2014 ceremony dates, only Britain’s BAFTA Awards and the film academy’s Scientific and Technical Awards have ventured into the territory occupied by the Olympics.

That way, for the most part, fans of sport and cinema don’t have to choose between biathlon and bling.

Upcoming Event Dates:

GOVERNORS AWARDS: Nov. 16, 2013
(Previous event date: Dec. 1, 2012)
This timeless ceremony has rapidly become one of the faves on the awards scene — as well as a key stealth campaign spot.

OSCAR NOMINATIONS VOTING DEADLINE: Jan. 8, 2014
(Previous event date: Jan. 4, 2013)
Last year, the earliest voting deadline in Oscar history was extended a day at the 11th hour.

GOLDEN GLOBES*: Jan. 12, 2014
(Previous event date: Jan. 13, 2013)
The HFPA hasn’t locked its date, but all signs point to keeping hold of the year’s second weekend.

OSCAR NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED: Jan. 16, 2014
(Previous event date: Jan. 10, 2013)
This year’s Globes fed off the Oscar noms, boosting the drama for Ben Affleck’s Globe helmer win.

SAG AWARDS: Jan. 18, 2014
(Previous event date: Jan. 27, 2013)
The PGA and SAG each move up a weekend — while exchanging Saturday for Sunday.

PGA AWARDS: Jan. 19, 2014
(Previous event date: Jan. 26, 2013)
Football fans will be getting in their PGA tuxes during the NFL’s conference championships.

DGA AWARDS: Jan. 25, 2014
(Previous event date: Feb. 2, 2013)
By claiming the last weekend of January at Hollywood & Highland, the DGA assured that the Oscars wouldn’t go early.

GRAMMY AWARDS*: Jan. 26, 2014
(Previous event date: Feb. 10, 2013)
The music industry also is likely to get out of the way of February’s big sports month.

WGA AWARDS: Feb. 1, 2014
(Previous event date: Feb. 17, 2013)
Sixteen days ahead of the previous year marks the biggest jump of the big shows.

SUPER BOWL XLVIII: Feb. 2, 2014
(Previous event date: Feb. 3, 2013)
An outdoor Super Bowl in New Jersey — you should get an award just for attending.

WINTER OLYMPICS: Feb. 7, 2014 (through Feb. 23)
(Previous event date: Feb. 12, 2010)
The 2010 Oscars were held March 7, following the Winter Olympics wrapup.

OSCAR NOMINEES LUNCHEON: Feb. 10, 2014
(Previous event date: Feb. 4, 2013)
The Super Bowl of mingling?

SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNICAL AWARDS: Feb. 15, 2014
(Previous event date: Feb. 9, 2013)
This Oscar precursor remains two weekends ahead of the main event.

BAFTA AWARDS: Feb. 16, 2014
(Previous event date: Feb. 10, 2013)
Those brave Brits don’t care who’s watching the Sochi spectacular.

FINAL OSCAR BALLOTING CLOSES: Feb. 25, 2014
(Previous event date: Feb. 19, 2013)
So you all have the hang of this electronic voting thing by this time, right?

ACADEMY AWARDS: Mar. 2, 2014
(Previous event date: Feb. 24, 2013)
The move into March is temporary — the following Oscars are already set for Feb. 22, 2015.

*Unofficial

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