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Each year, filmmakers and studios race toward an end-of-December deadline, not only to get their Oscar-contending films into theaters to qualify, but to ensure Academy voters are able to see them in time to vote. But in 2014, a move to shift the broadcast of the ceremony from February to January could have massive repercussions. Why the potential move? With the Super Bowl slated for February 2nd, and the Winter Olympics from February 7th to 23rd, in 2014 the month is pretty much booked up in terms of event television. Back in 2010, the Academy faced a similar dilemma, and moved the show to March. The result? Their highest rated show since 2005. Of course, a variety of factors play into Oscar ratings, including the films nominated and more, but needless to say, an early January show will cause a headache for studios, some of whom have already started slotting their contenders for December »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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