The 2014 Oscars will take place March 2, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has announced.
In addition, the Academy has gone ahead and locked in Feb. 22 — its typical spot in recent years — for the 2015 ceremony.
Next year’s Oscars are moving to March because the 2014 Winter Olympics will be taking place across the three Sundays that follow the Feb. 2 Super Bowl. Speculation that the ceremony might instead move to January was quelled when the Directors Guild Awards claimed the Jan. 25 date, indicating that the Hollywood & Highland complex that is home to the Academy Awards wouldn’t be available.
The later date for the 2014 Oscars will allow for a little more breathing room in the nomination voting. Voting will begin Dec. 27 and continue through Jan. 8, with nominations announced Jan. 16, a week later than the past campaign. The limited time for voters to reflect on late-season releases was one of the chief complaints of last year’s awards showdown.
The Academy announced several other key dates for the 2013-14 calendar, starting with the Governors Awards on Nov. 16, two weeks ahead of last year’s Dec. 1 date for the event. The Oscar Nominees Luncheon will take place Feb. 10, with final Oscar voting running from Feb. 14-25. The Academy’s Scientific and Technical Awards are scheduled for Feb. 15.
The Oscars’ commitment to March 2 next year increases the likelihood that the Golden Globes will grab Jan. 12 and the Grammys (which also need to escape the Olympics) will settle in on Jan. 26. Already, the 2014 SAG Awards have been set for Jan. 18, with the PGA Awards on Jan. 19.