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Will 2014 Olympics shift Oscar season? SAG awards move earlier

February 08, 2013|By Susan King
  • Anne Hathaway won the Screen Actors Guild Award last month for "Les Miserables." Next year, the awards ceremony is moving to an earlier date in January .
Anne Hathaway won the Screen Actors Guild Award last month for "Les… (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times )

Hollywood hasn't even finished this awards season but it's already casting a glance ahead to 2014, and the calendar may be shifting earlier, largely thanks to the Winter Olympics.

The Winter Games will be held in Sochi, Russia, from Feb. 7 to 23, 2014. On Friday, word came that the Screen Actors Guild Awards -- which generally take place the last Sunday in January -- will be held on Saturday, Jan. 18 next year because of the Olympics.

“We programmed the SAG Awards on Saturday, Jan. 18 due to the Winter Olympics and NFL schedules, which are contributing to a shortened 2014 award season,” said a spokesperson for TNT/TBS, which broadcasts the awards show. The 2014 Super Bowl is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 2.

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SAG moved its ceremony to an earlier Saturday date in 2010 because of the Vancouver Olympics.

The question now is whether the SAG move will have a ripple effect on the Golden Globes and Oscars.  The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. has yet to announce its 2014 date for the Golden Globes, but that ceremony historically takes place before the SAG Awards.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences hasn't announced a 2014 date, either. The academy shifted its Oscar telecast from March to late February in 2004, but has returned to March during Olympic years. In 2010, the Oscars aired March 7.

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This year, the academy moved its nominations date two weeks earlier than usual, to Jan. 10.

It isn't just movie awards that are feeling the Olympics pressure. The Grammy Awards, which are taking place this Sunday, also don't want competition from sports next year. There are unconfirmed reports that the Grammys may move up to January next year, with Jan. 26 a possible date.

The SAG Awards has yet to announce if it will be moving up its nomination date to compensate for the earlier ceremony. SAG announced its 2012 nominees on Dec. 12.

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