Yesterday I asked why the 2009 Oscars are happening two and a half weeks later than they did last year — on Sunday, March 7, 2010 rather than Sunday, February 21, 2010. The idea is to avoid overlapping with the Winter Olympics, which will go from 2.12 through 2.18. So why not telecast the ’09 Oscars just a week later, or Sunday, February 28?

“The reason for the new Oscar date,” an insider confided right after the item posted, “is that a lot of the below-the-line [guys] who work the Oscars will be working the opening and closing Olympic ceremonies in Vancouver and will be out of the country during the ramp-up to the show. They just need the time.”