The ceremony was originally scheduled for February 28, 2021.
In a rare move, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is delaying the 2021 Oscars due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The famous awards show has only been postponed four times since its inception in 1929 and marks the earliest date change in its history. The ceremony was originally scheduled for February 28, 2021, but will now be held on April 25, 2021.
Academy President David Rubin and Academy CEO Dawn Hudson released a joint announcement Monday detailing their decision:
"Our hope, in extending the eligibility period and our Awards date, is to provide the flexibility filmmakers need to finish and release their films without being penalized for something beyond anyone's control."
The Academy also announced additional date changes leading up to the official ceremony. The eligibility deadline for feature films has been extended from January 1, 2020 to February 28, 2021, and movie nominations will be announced on March 15, 2021. The long-awaited Academy Museum will be opening on April 30, 2021, instead of its initial opening date in December.
When it comes to movies, 2020 has been a rough year. Since the pandemic began in March, the film industry has been at a complete standstill with studios and theaters closing around the nation. Festivals have been rescheduled if not outright canceled, including major events like South by Southwest (SXSW) and Cannes Film Festival. Studios have opted for releasing movies on streaming sites instead of the traditional theater run, in which the Academy is making an exception to their eligibility rules for this year's awards.
It's true! Next year's #Oscars will happen on April 25, 2021.— The Academy (@TheAcademy) June 15, 2020
Here's what else you need to know:
- The eligibility period for the Oscars will be extended to February 28, 2021
- Nominations will be announced on March 15, 2021
- @AcademyMuseum will open on April 30, 2021 pic.twitter.com/cTsqOfsf8k
As to whether the event will be held digitally or in-person at Dolby Theatre, no details have been given. But the importance of providing a safe experience is emphasized fully.
President of ABC Entertainment Karey Burke said, "We find ourselves in uncharted territory this year and will continue to work with our partners at the Academy to ensure next year's show is a safe and celebratory event."
In the meantime, you can tune in for more info on the Academy's website or Twitter account.
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