The 2021 Oscars telecast, originally scheduled to air February 28, will be delayed until April 25, 2021.
“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,” 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.”
The Academy shared key dates for the 2020/2021 Oscar season on Twitter.
Timing won’t be the only aspect of the awards show this year. The Academy also announced that, due to theaters being closed due to the pandemic, the requirement for films to be shown in a Los Angeles County theater for at least a week in order to qualify for awards would be put on hold for the 2020-2021 season.
“The Academy firmly believes there is no greater way to experience the magic of movies than to see them in a theater. Our commitment to that is unchanged and unwavering. Nonetheless, the historically tragic COVID-19 pandemic necessitates this temporary exception to our awards eligibility rules,” Academy President David Rubin and CEO Dawn Hudson said in a statement.
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