BAFTA Keeps Film Awards Ceremony Ahead of Oscars in 2014

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LONDON -- The British Academy of Film and Television Arts said Wednesday that next year’s EE British Academy Film Awards will take place on Feb. 16, keeping it ahead of the Oscars. 

The British Academy's pick of a date follows Monday's announcement from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences that the 2014 Oscars will be moved out of its usual February slot and into March, as the Winter Olympics closing ceremony will take place on the last Sunday of February next year. 

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Despite the one-week delay for the 67th annual EE British Academy Film Awards ceremony, the event will be held in the middle of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, which will take place Feb. 7-23.

More importantly for Hollywood, the one-week shift for the British awards show -- in lockstep with the U.S. -- means industry attendees will still have plenty of time to prep between the two big galas and their many after-parties. 

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BAFTA said it has not yet fixed its nominations date, which this year took place one day before the Oscar nominations. The 2014 Oscar nominations will be announced on Jan. 16.

Wednesday morning in London, BAFTA tweeted its announcement of the new date for the honors: "#BAFTA Film Awards in 2014 Date Announced: 16 February 2014. Put it in the diary! #EEBAFTAs."

This year's BAFTA awards honored Argo as best picture, and Ben Affleck as best director for his work on the movie.

 

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