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The 2021 Oscars Could Be Delayed Due to Coronavirus


The 2021 Oscars Could Be Delayed Due to Coronavirus

An insider said postponement may be “likely.”

  • The 2021 Academy Awards could be postponed, multiple sources told Variety.
  • The ceremony is originally set for February 28, 2021.
  • One insider told Variety that the ceremony will “likely” be delayed to a later date.

Nearly six months into 2020, the prospect of 2021 may seem like lightyears away, but the Oscars’ governing body is already looking ahead to next year’s ceremony with caution.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is considering postponing the 2021 Academy Awards in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, multiple sources tell Variety. The broadcast is currently slated for February 28, 2021, to air on ABC.

There are no definitive plans to delay the event yet; one insider said new dates haven’t been discussed or proposed, but the source said postponement is “likely.” Another source told Variety that the date hasn’t changed yet at ABC.

Still, several questions remained unanswered. The Academy didn’t respond to requests for comment. It’s also unclear if the deadline for consideration would also be pushed back to align with the potential later ceremony.

The Oscars have already been adapting to the new entertainment landscape amidst stay-at-home orders and social distancing measures. With less people watching films in cinemas right now, the Academy will now consider films that premiered digitally if their studios had originally planned for them to have theatrical releases. The previous requirements stated a film had to have a seven-day release run in Los Angeles to qualify for consideration, according to Variety. Now, films that were set for theaters in New York, Chicago, Miami, Atlanta and the Bay Area will also have a shot.

At the time, Academy president David Rubin told the outlet it was too early to confirm whether the 2021 Oscars would be delayed. “It’s impossible to know what the landscape will be,” he said in late April. “We know we want to celebrate film but we do not know exactly what form it will take.”