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Movie Awards: SAG Claims Next January 18th, A Week Early


Soon the Oscars will have to be given out as the movies open. This just in: The Screen Actors Guild declared this morning that the 2014 SAG Awards will be presented a week early next year–Saturday, January 18th. Come on, really?

Ordinarily the SAGs would have occurred on January 25th. But all these awards shows want to be first. First! So the SAGs will now come on the first Saturday of the Sundance Film Festival. Why not complicate everything, I say?

So based on this, the Golden Globes have to be on Sunday, January 12th. The Oscar nominations would be announced on Thursday January 9th. And so on. The actual Oscars, under the present schedule, would be on February 22nd. But maybe now they’ll be earlier.

Maybe everything should be on the same day– Awards Day! The audience can be seated in one theater on New Year’s Day, and the different awards groups can have 30 minutes apiece at the podium.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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