The Oscars are officially postponed
This decision comes after the Academy already announced several changes to their rules.
The 93rd Academy Awards have been postponed by 2 months. After several weeks of speculations, it has been confirmed by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Monday that the televised ceremony will be held on April 25, 2021, instead of February 28. This decision was made after a Zoom meeting held between the members of the Academy’s Board of Governors, which includes Laura Dern, Steven Spielberg, Whoopi Goldberg, and Alfred Molina.
“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 reported on by Variety.
To remind you, in April eligibility rules have been extended as a response to the ongoing health crisis. When it comes to feature films, they now must have a qualifying released between January 1, 2020, and February 28, 20201. The Academy also temporarily suspended requirements for films debuting on streamers and VOD, allowing them to qualify even if they haven't had the standard seven-day theatrical run.
As it stands currently, the Oscar shortlists will be made public on February 9, 2021. The final nominees' list will be announced on March 15, 2021.