The 2021 Oscars have officially been delayed amid the Coronavirus pandemic.
The show, which was originally supposed to air on February 28, 2021, has been pushed to April 25, 2021. Oscars eligibility has also been extended. It began on January 1, 2020 and was set to expire on New Year’s Eve. However, now films will be eligible until February 28, 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 (via Variety). “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 Governors Awards gala, which usually takes place in the fall, will also be pushed.
COVID-19 has caused a lot of uncertainty with regards to major events. In other awards show news, another show is still up in the air this fall.
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