COVID-19 forces Academy to delay Oscars ceremony until April

By Tribute on June 15, 2020 | 1 Comment

The 93rd Academy Awards is the latest show to be postponed due to the global coronavirus pandemic.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the annual ceremony will now take place on April 25, 2021. It was originally scheduled for February 28.

“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,” Academy President David Rubin and CEO Dawn Hudson said in a statement. “This coming Oscars and the opening of our new museum will mark an historic moment, gathering movie fans around the world to unite through cinema.”

In light of the delay, the Academy has extended the eligibility period to February 28, 2021. Nominations will then be announced just over two weeks later on March 15.

The Academy had already relaxed some of the eligibility rules in light of the pandemic. For the first time, films that premiere on streaming platforms will be eligible.

This is only the fourth time the Oscars ceremony has been delayed. The first was in 1938 due to massive flooding in Los Angeles. The second time was in 1968 after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. and again in 1981 after the assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan.

The Governors Awards gala has also been postponed to an unspecified date and the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will now open in April 2021. ~Brie Davis

Comments & Discussion

  1. Gwen C • June 15, 2020 @ 8:18 PM

    Say it isn’t so! I’m fine with the Academy Awards being delayed, all things taken into account. What I think isn’t right is that streaming shows will be eligible. Just not right. Not all of us can afford such streaming services so have absolutely no idea of what is going to be up for an award. At least with a movie in a theatre it was our choice if we went to a movie or not. Such a sad day now

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