Oscars 2021 Pushed Back 2 Months to 25th April
Next year’s Oscars Academy Awards ceremony has been pushed back by two months to the 25th April 2021. It is the latest global event to have been affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The Oscars is the biggest annual event in entertainment, celebrating cinematic achievements.
The Academy Awards were due to take place on 28 February 2021. Organisers have now agreed to extend the eligibility window beyond 31 December 2020 to the end of February instead. The Coronavirus pandemic has already halted production on a number of films that were due to be released by the end of the year, and cinemas are still closed, hence this announcement. It’s unclear if the ceremony will be virtual or in-person as it is too early to judge.
The Oscars has only been delayed three times before – due to LA flooding in 1938; after the assassination of Dr Martin Luther King Jr in 1968; and following the attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan in 1981. David Rubin, president of the Academy – the body behind the Oscars- and its CEO Dawn Hudson said: “For over a century, movies have played an important role in comforting, inspiring, and entertaining us during the darkest of times.
Nominations will be announced on March 15, 2021.