Dodging Olympics, 2010 Oscars Return to March

Awards will not compete with Olympics
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 26, 2009 9:54 AM CDT
In this Feb. 22, 2009 file photo, a large Oscar statue stands at the entrance to the red carpet leading to the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta, file)
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(Newser) – Thanks to the Olympics, you’ll have some extra time to see the Best Picture nominees before the 2010 Oscar telecast, the Los Angeles Times reports. The awards ceremony will move to March 7 from late February to avoid competing with the Vancouver Games. “Why have two gigantic, spectacular events happen on the same day, particularly these days?” said the academy president.

The Oscars were traditionally held in March before the 2004 switch to February, an attempt to shorten the costly awards season. The return to March will mean “members have more time to see movies,” said one consultant, calling the move “helpful.” The Grammys will also move out of the way of the Olympics, shifting from February to Jan. 31.