The Oscars have been postponed for the fourth time in its history. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the ABC Television Network said on Monday that the 93rd Academy Awards will now be held on April 25, 2021, eight weeks later than originally planned due to the effects of the pandemic on the film industry.
The Board of Directors of the Academy also decided to extend the film period until February 28, 2021 for feature films until February 28, 2021 and postpone the opening of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures from December to April 30, 2021.
“We hope to extend the eligibility period and our Awards date to provide the flexibility that filmmakers need to finish and release their films without being penalized for something no one can help,” said Academy President David Rubin and Academy CEO Dawn Hudson jointly rule.
Karey Burke, the president of ABC Entertainment, added, “We are in unknown territory this year and will continue to work with our partners at the Academy to ensure next year’s show is a safe and festive event.”
The 12th Annual Governors Awards have also been canceled. The event, which awards honorary degrees to previously announced recipients, is generally held in Los Angeles during the second week of November. The event without a television is a great gathering for many of the year’s promises.
Since mid-March, the film academy has been struggling to deal with the pandemic that has almost ended the closure of the theatrical exhibition, film production and festival activities. With theaters closed, release dates pushed, and major festivals like Cannes canceled, the academy made the unprecedented decision in April to make films without a theater show qualify for the awards – but only for a year.
However, the date of the Oscars ceremony was the great lingering unknown. The leadership of the organization has recognized all the time that the situation was smooth and that everything was on the table. Now the Oscars nominations are announced on March 15 and the nominated lunch on April 15.
However, many decisions have to be made. Academy leadership has not yet discussed the show’s format and whether it will be virtual or personal. Furthermore, the future suitability of films for the 94th Oscars and that show date will be announced later.
The Oscars have been postponed before, but never so far in advance. The ceremony was pushed back a week due to disastrous floods in Los Angeles in 1938. In 1968, it was delayed two days after the murder of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. And in 1981, it was postponed for 24 hours after President Ronald Reagan was shot in Washington DC. The 1981 decision was made four hours before the broadcast would begin.
The admission window was extended once earlier than 12 months – prior to the 6th Academy Awards in 1934.
Other shows from the entertainment industry are also on the move. The 74th Tony Awards, originally scheduled for June 7, have been postponed indefinitely. But the 72nd Emmy Awards still hold on September 20. The BAFTAs announced on Monday that the annual movie awards will be shifted from February 14, 2021 to April 11. And the 78th Golden Globes has no date yet.
Even as the country begins to ‘open up’, studios still make decisions to postpone releases. Friday, Warner Bros. announced it would cut the first major movie in theaters, Christopher Nolan’s ‘Tenet’, by two weeks.
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