Last month, there were rumours rumbling that the Oscars 2021 would be postponed due to coronavirus. And now it’s been officially confirmed that the 93rd Academy Awards will be delayed. However, not by very much at just two months.
According to Variety, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that the next Oscars ceremony will be moved from February 28 to April 25, 2021.
A statement from Academy president David Rubin and CEO Dawn Hudson read: “For over a century, movies have played an important role in comforting, inspiring, and entertaining us during the darkest of times.
“They certainly have this year.
“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.”
They added: “This coming Oscars and the opening of our new museum will mark a historic moment, gathering movie fans around the world to unite through cinema.”
The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures was set to open on December 14, 2020, but now will follow the new Oscars air date with an opening to the public on April 30, 2021.
Now the preliminary voting for the Oscars will take place between February 1 and 5 2021.
While the Oscars shortlist will be announced on February 9, 2021.
Back in April, the Academy announced a historic change due to the coronavirus pandemic.
For the first time in history, the Oscars will allow streaming movies that have not had a cinematic release to qualify for entry in the Best Picture categories and others.
A statement on the Academy Awards website read: “Until further notice, and for the 93rd Awards year only, films that had a previously planned theatrical release but are initially made available on a commercial streaming or VOD service may qualify in the Best Picture, general entry and speciality categories for the 93rd Academy Awards under these provisions:
“The film must be made available on the secure Academy Screening Room member-only streaming site within 60 days of the film’s streaming or VOD release [and] The film must meet all other eligibility requirements.”
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However, the move is purely circumstantial, with the rules reverting back for future years when the world isn’t in a pandemic.
The statement continued: “On a date to be determined by the Academy, and when theatres reopen in accordance with federal, state and local specified guidelines and criteria, this rules exemption will no longer apply.
“All films released thereafter will be expected to comply with the standard Academy theatrical qualifying requirements.”
Hudson said: “The Academy firmly believes there is no greater way to experience the magic of movies than to see them in a theatre.
She added: “Our commitment to that is unchanged and unwavering.”
“Nonetheless, the historically tragic COVID-19 pandemic necessitates this temporary exception to our awards eligibility rules.
“The Academy supports our members and colleagues during this time of uncertainty.
“We recognise the importance of their work being seen and also celebrated, especially now, when audiences appreciate movies more than ever.”