Friday, May 24, 2024

Writers Guild Chooses Super Bowl Eve For 2014 Awards


Faced with many challenges for finding a free weekend night next winter, the Writers Guild has settled on a date for their awards show. Why, it’s Saturday February 1st, which is also the night before the Super Bowl in New York City. Maybe the WGA needs a marketing consultant. But really, even some of the nominees may choose to be in New York at Super Bowl parties, and not at the Edison Ballroom (yikes).

Super Bowl in New York is like Mardi Gras, New Year’s Eve and the end of the world all rolled into one. There will so much hype and wildness I doubt very much anyone except the mothers of the nominees will be invested in the Writers Guild East ceremony–especially since the Guild doesn’t even have a closed circuit camera set up so the two coasts can participate simultaneously. (I do think that’s been possible since the late 1950s.)

Anyway, what can they do? Saturdays January 18th and 25th are taken up with the SAGs and the DGA, respectively. I would have gone with Sunday January 26th, the night of the Grammy Awards. But no one asked me.

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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