Thursday, May 23, 2024

2018 Oscars Will Drag Out An Extra Week Into March Because of Winter Olympics


Think the awards season takes a long time? Wait til 2018.

The next Academy Awards show won’t take place until March 4th, 2018. That will be a full two months after the Golden Globes. Even if the nominees are released on December 25th, by March 4th they will nostalgia pieces.

But nothing can be done. The Winter Olympics cause this problem every four years. NBC has the Olympics, and it dwarfs everything else on TV. ABC doesn’t want to risk pitting the Oscars against some big luge race from Korea, especially with the Oscars ratings way down.

So all those movies like “Dunkirk” and “Mary Magdalene” and “Mudbound” that we think might be in the race will just have to wait. Producers will have to come up with something unique to bring in viewers at that late date.

And think of the people involved– nominations will be announced January 23rd. They’ll need a lot of Xanax to make it to March 4th!

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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