The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said Monday it would shift the 2014 Oscars to March 2 and out of February in a move that avoids a clash with the Winter Olympics’ closing ceremony. Although BAFTA too is pushing its date later by a week, to February 16, 2014, its EE British Academy Film Awards ceremony will fall smack in the middle of the Sochi Games that are to take place from February 7-23. Still, given the four-hour time difference between Russia and the UK, live Olympics programming will have ended for the day by the time the ceremony kicks off. And, of course, the February 16 date also maintains the usual two-week lag time between the BAFTA and Oscar ceremonies. BAFTA has not yet fixed its nominations date, which this year was January 9, one day before the Oscar nominations. Oscar nominations will be unveiled January 16, 2014.
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