The Oscars Postponed and Eligibility Period Extended
The Academy Awards (Oscars) have officially been pushed from February to April and along with the event, and they are not the only award ceremony to make the big move!
Oscars Officially Postponed and Rules Changed
The worldwide pandemic has forced another major event to postpone, the Oscars! Originally scheduled for February 28th, it is now scheduled for April 25. The Academy has just announced the official news and explained the that the eligibility has also been extended! The British Academy Film Awards have also been postponed to April.
It's true! Next year's #Oscars will happen on April 25, 2021.— The Academy (@TheAcademy) June 15, 2020
Here's what else you need to know:
- The eligibility period for the Oscars will be extended to February 28, 2021
- Nominations will be announced on March 15, 2021
- @AcademyMuseum will open on April 30, 2021 pic.twitter.com/cTsqOfsf8k
Countless releases have been postponed and film-productions have been halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. An Academy member told Variety "This is a much needed boost for those films who may have been stalled in post-production." Many of the main Oscar contenders were actually worried they would have to pull out of the race entirely if they were not able to meet the qualifying deadline.
The studios can breathe a little easier now. The Academy also adjusted its rules to allow films that debuted via streaming platforms to qualify as well!
This is only the 4th time the Oscars have been delayed, once because of major LA flooding in 1938, beloved Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination in 1968, and after the attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan in 1981, and now 2021 due to the pandemic.