Academy Award statuettes
Next year's 86th Annual Academy Awards is happening a little later than usual — on Sunday, March 2 — to accommodate the closing ceremonies of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. But not to worry, everything will be back on track in 2015, when the live Oscar broadcast on ABC will be happening on February 22.
This is not an unusual phenomenon though. The Oscars were pushed to March in 2010 for the same reason during that Winter Olympics cycle.
The Oscar show has been postponed for a few other reasons through the years (according to OscarTrivia.com):
1938: The 10th Academy Awards are postponed by one week due to mudslides and flooding caused by torrential rain in Los Angeles.
1968: The awards ceremony had been postponed from Monday out of respect for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who had just been assassinated.
1981: The awards ceremony had been postponed for 24 hours because of the assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan.
The Emmys has a better track record for keeping to its set time. The first time that awards show broadcast was postponed -- twice -- was following the terrorist attacks of 9/11 in 2001. (The Emmys were originally scheduled to take place September 16 that year.) The show was also postponed -- again twice -- in 2009 in order to avoid conflict with NFL game broadcasts and the MTV Movie Awards.
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