Film buffs around the world, mark your calendars -- the dates for the Academy Awards 2014 and 2015 have been announced.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Monday that next year's Oscar ceremony will be held on March 2, 2014. The big day for American movies will be moved a week from its traditional last Sunday of February to avoid overlap with the 2014 Winter Olympics, which will be held Feb. 7 to 23 in Sochi, Russia.
Some media outlets pointed that the show might be moved to earlier in the year (even as early as January), but the Academy decided to postpone instead. One of the reasons that have been identified for the delayed is the complaint of members of the Academy that they did not have time enough to watch all the nominated movies. Delaying the ceremony will mean delaying the deadline by which votes need to be in. Voting will begin Dec. 27 through Jan. 8, with nominations announced Jan. 16, 2014 -- a week later than in this last edition.
For the following year, the date will be moved back to its usual -- the Oscars 2015 will be held on Feb. 22 of that year.
With this question resolved, speculations can safely turn to the most important issue: Who will host the next edition of the Academy Awards?
After last ceremony's much criticized fiasco by Seth MacFarlane, there has been much buzz about who might elevate the cache next year. The biggest name in the polls: none other than Justin Timberlake.
Timberlake's name was dropped a few times in previous editions, but he was always deemed too young for the part. But word is that after his recent "Saturday Night Live" gig, the big shots in the Academy are starting to warm up to the idea.
Who would you like to see host next year's Academy Award ceremony?