2014 Oscars schedule may depend on Olympics

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While the giant Oscar statues are still being washed off and stowed away, planners are already struggling with the timing for next year's show in what could be a very early and very late awards season because of the 2014 Winter Olympics, which fall right in the middle of things from Feb. 7 to 23, The Associated Press reports.

Oscar organizers have yet to make a decision about next year's schedule, but the motion picture academy and broadcaster ABC avoided the Winter Games in 2006 and 2010 by pushing the show to March, after originally moving up the telecast to late February from March in 2004. This was partly in response to the awards fatigue factor, given all the ceremonies now populating the period. In earlier decades, the Oscars -- pretty much the only show in town -- were held in March and even as late as April.

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"They don't have a lot of wiggle room," said Brad Adgate, research director for media-buying company Horizon Media. "I would suspect next year's Oscars will be held in March. The Academy Awards have never been held in January. They're always the final show during awards season, and obviously the most prestigious and highest rated."

The Screen Actors Guild and Producers Guild of America have announced that they're moving up their 2014 ceremonies to Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, Jan. 18 and 19 respectively, to avoid the Winter Olympics and the Super Bowl, which is set for Feb. 2.

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