For the fourth time in its historical past, the Oscars are being postponed. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the ABC Television Network stated on June 15 that the 93rd Academy Awards will now be held April 25, 2021, eight weeks later than initially deliberate due to the pandemic’s results on the film business.
The Academy’s Board of Governors additionally determined to prolong the eligibility window past the calendar yr to Feb. 28, 2021, for characteristic movies, and delay the opening of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures from December till April 30, 2021.
“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,” stated Academy President David Rubin and Academy CEO Dawn Hudson in a joint assertion.
Karey Burke, the president of ABC Entertainment, added, “We find ourselves in uncharted territory this year and will continue to work with our partners at the Academy to ensure next year’s show is a safe and celebratory event.”
The 12th annual Governors Awards has additionally been cancelled. The occasion, through which honorary Oscars are bestowed to beforehand introduced recipients, is mostly held in Los Angeles throughout the second week of November. The untelevised occasion is a serious gathering for lots of the yr’s awards hopefuls.
The movie academy has been grappling with how to deal with the pandemic’s close to shutdown of the theatrical exhibition and movie manufacturing and competition enterprise since mid-March. With theatres shuttered, launch dates pushed and main festivals like Cannes canceled, the academy in April made the unprecedented choice to enable movies that didn’t have a theatrical run to be eligible for the awards — however just for one yr.
The Oscars ceremony date was the large lingering unknown, nonetheless. The group’s management has acknowledged all alongside that the scenario was fluid and that every thing was on the desk. Now, Oscars nominations will likely be introduced on March 15 and the nominees luncheon will likely be on April 15.
Still, many choices want to be made. Academy management has not but addressed the format of the present and whether or not it is going to be digital or in-person. Further, the long run eligibility of movies for the 94th Oscars and that present date will likely be introduced later.
The Oscars have been postponed earlier than, however by no means this far prematurely. The ceremony was pushed again every week due to disastrous flooding in Los Angeles in 1938. In 1968, it was delayed two days following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. And in 1981, it was postpone for 24 hours after President Ronald Reagan was shot in Washington D.C. The 1981 choice was made 4 hours earlier than the printed was scheduled to start.
The eligibility window was prolonged past 12 months as soon as earlier than — prematurely of the sixth Academy Awards in 1934.
Other leisure business awards exhibits are additionally in flux. The 74th Tony Awards, initially set for June 7, has been postponed indefinitely. But the 72nd Emmy Awards continues to be holding onto Sept. 20. The 78th Golden Globes doesn’t but have a date.
Even because the nation begins to “open up,” studios are nonetheless making selections to delay releases. Just Friday, Warner Bros. introduced that it was pushing again what was supposed to be the primary main film in theaters, Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet,” by two weeks.