Oscars vs. Super Bowl: Academy Awards Moving to January?

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Tired of bringing up the rear of an increasingly long awards season, the organizers of the Academy Awards are looking to move up the annual ceremony to January or early February starting in 2012 (this year's Oscars will be February 27).

It makes sense that the Super Bowl of awards shows would want to move to a time when it is greeted with more fanfare—currently it follows the Golden Globes, SAGs, Critics' Choice Awards, the BAFTAs, and a decided amount of trophy fatigue. However, there is one thing standing in the way of a date-shift: the organization behind the actual Super Bowl, the NFL.

Next year's ceremony will be held Feb. 27, but an earlier date could allow the academy to steal back some of the thunder from other award shows and boost TV ratings. But any date switch -- which has yet to be approved by the academy -- has been complicated by the NFL, which is considering adding two games to its pro football schedule. That could create a television scheduling gridlock between the Oscars and the league's conference championships or Super Bowl.


The Oscars vs. The Super Bowl: will this be the ultimate arts vs. sports debate?

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Kevin Fallon is a reporter for the Daily Beast. He's a former entertainment editor at TheWeek.com and former writer and producer for The Atlantic's entertainment channel.

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