CATEGORIES Movies, Oscars
In the world of television heavyweights, there's the NFL and then there's everyone else. This year's Super Bowl, for instance, was the most watched TV show in American history. So when the NFL starts talking about changing its schedule, everyone in Hollywood is listening, especially the show that may be most affected by any change: the Oscars.

Yes, according to Variety, the Academy Awards may soon be faced with the prospect of moving their telecast to Monday night in order to avoid conflicting with the NFL's biggest game -- a conflict that the Oscars would stand no chance at winning. The reason for the change? The NFL is planning to expand from their current 16 game schedule to an 18 game schedule, which would push the Super Bowl to the end of February, right when the Oscars usually air. In the world of television heavyweights, there's the NFL and then there's everyone else. This year's Super Bowl, for instance, was the most watched TV show in American history. So when the NFL starts talking about changing its schedule, everyone in Hollywood is listening, especially the show that may be most affected by any change: the Oscars.

Yes, according to Variety, the Academy Awards may soon be faced with the prospect of moving their telecast to Monday night in order to avoid conflicting with the NFL's biggest game -- a conflict that the Oscars would stand no chance at winning. The reason for the change? The NFL is planning to expand from its current 16-game schedule to an 18-game schedule, which would push the Super Bowl to the end of February, right when the Oscars usually air.

"It's obviously something we're keeping a close eye on," Bruce Davis, executive director for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences told Variety. "It's a concern for us."

"We're always happy to talk to the sports entities, but this is a going to be a tough one," he added, indicating that though the Academy has been in discussions with the NFL regarding the matter, the football giant is unlikely to change their plans based on Hollywood's awards season. "It's hard for them to take us into consideration."

So what are the Academy's options? The most obvious answer would seem to be simply moving the telecast back to March, where it aired prior to 2004, but according to Davis, board members are instead discussing holding the event on Monday night rather than Sunday. That also would be old hat for Oscar, which held the ceremony on Monday night for decades before finally moving to Sunday in 1999 in search of those precious ratings points.

"I think our inclination would be to go earlier rather than later, but we need to see," Davis said. "There's no rule it has to be on a Sunday. ... We're looking at a lot of different options."

But before you start panicking about your Oscar party plans, don't worry, you'll have plenty of time to prepare: The proposed changes wouldn't go into effect until 2013.