2021 Academy Awards pushed back two months due to coronavirus pandemic

2021 Academy Awards pushed back two months due to coronavirus pandemic

The 93rd Academy Awards have been postponed from February 28, 2021, to April 25, 2021, the Academy of Cinema Arts and Sciences announced on Monday. The eagerly awaited news came out of the academy’s board meeting. The group has also extended the eligibility period during which films must be shown in order to be eligible for a prize.

“For over a century, movies have played an important role in comforting, inspiring, and entertaining us during the darkest times. They certainly have done it this year,” said Academy President David Rubin and the CEO of Dawn Hudson Academy. “Our hope, by extending the eligibility period and the award date, is to provide the flexibility that filmmakers need to finish and release their films without being penalized for something beyond anyone’s control.”

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“The intention for the future is ultimately to return to the award of excellence for films released during the January-December calendar year,” said the statement, noting that future windows of eligibility as well as the date of the 2022 show will be announced a little later.

In April, the academy announced changes to movie eligibility. The films eligible for the awards must generally be seven days in a Los Angeles County commercial movie theater – that’s why you often see movies open at the end of the year in LA, but not in other cities before the news year. But with many films unable to open in regular cinemas due to the coronavirus epidemic and moving instead to streaming services, the academy said it will consider films that have been digitally released and have not been shown in theaters. Films must have a planned theatrical release and be eligible for Academy members to watch in streaming.

Eight of the last ten Oscars were held in February and two in March. The 2021 ceremony is scheduled to be broadcast on ABC.

On Friday, the academy announced plans to create a task force to develop new inclusion standards for Oscar eligibility, although the changes will not affect films submitted in 2020.

The opening in December of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures was also changed in April to coincide with the show.

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