The broadcast was pushed back by two months.
- The 2021 Academy Awards have been postponed from February 28 to April 25.
- The Academy also extended its eligibility period to accommodate filmmakers and studios releasing projects during the coronavirus pandemic.
The rumors are true: The 2021 Oscars have been postponed to a later date. The awards ceremony, which was originally scheduled for February 28, will now take place two months later on April 25 due to the lockdowns and hiatuses resulting from the coronavirus pandemic.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the governing body of the Oscars, also announced changes in deadlines and eligibility rules to accommodate the delay, Variety reported. Qualifying films must be released between January 1, 2020, and February 28, 2021, to be considered. The submission deadline for specialty categories, like animation short or documentary feature, is December 1, 2020. For general entry categories, the deadline is January 15, 2021.
The nominations will be announced on March 15, 2021.
ORIGINAL STORY, 5/19:
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.”