In the latest example of the entertainment world being upended by the coronavirus pandemic, the 2021 Oscars ceremony has been pushed back from the originally scheduled date of February 28, 2021 to April 25, 2021, in recognition that movies are in "uncharted territory".
And, just days after the ceremony takes place inside the Dolby Theater in Hollywood and airs on ABC, the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will open on April 30, 2021 instead of the previously scheduled December 14 date. Films released between January 1, 2020 and and February 28, 2021 - the original date of the show - will be eligible for nominations.
And the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will now open in April 2021 to line up with the Oscars rather than December 2020.
This is only the fourth time that the Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are being delayed.
It was assumed for quite some time that the 93rd Academy Awards would be delayed because of COVID-19, but up until Monday, the big question was for how long.
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Among other changes agreed at last week's governor meeting, the Best Picture category will have a mandatory 10 nominees from next year. It was originally scheduled for February 28th. Other films now in production, meanwhile, have been delayed for the time being. When it comes to extending the eligibility for qualifying for the awards, this was extended beyond the traditional 12-month period once before, ahead of the 6th Oscars.
"Through the dedication, focus, and concerted effort of our Board of Governors and members on the branch executive committees, the Academy has surpassed the goals of our A2020 initiative".
Whatever the case may be, nominations will be announced on March 15 ahead of the Oscars telecast on ABC on April 25. In 1968, they were put on hold after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and again in 1981 following an assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan.
'While the Academy has made strides, we know there is much more work to be done in order to ensure equitable opportunities across the board, ' Academy CEO Dawn Hudson said in a written statement.
The Television Academy said Monday its Creative Arts Emmys - dozens of technical awards, usually handed out the weekend before the main Emmys - will be replaced with a "virtual event".