Oscars Delay 2021 Ceremony Until April Due to Coronavirus Pandemic

By RADIO.COM

The Oscars have pushed back their 2021 ceremony date from February 28 until April due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Additionally, the Academy will extend its film eligibility deadlines. This is the fourth time in the award show's history that the date has had to be changed.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences told ABC Television Network on Monday that the 93rd Academy Awards would take place on April 25, 2021, eight weeks after its initial date, the AP reports.

The Academy's Board of Governors have also extended the eligibility window beyond the calendar year for inclusion of larger, feature films whose productions may have been affected by COVID-19.

"Our hope, in extending the eligibility period and our Awards date, is to provide flexibility filmmakers need to finish and release their films without being penalized for something beyond anyone's control," Academy President David Rubin and Academy CEO Dawn Hudson said in a joint statement.

Since mid-March, the film academy has been trying to handle how they would deal with the coronavirus closures halting production on many 2020 films that would otherwise be eligible for awards at the 2021 Oscars.

The date of the actual ceremony was one of the many unknowns. While the Oscars have been postponed in the past, filmmakers were never given this much notice before.

The 1938 ceremony was postponed due to a Los Angeles flood. The 1968 awards were postponed following the death of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and again in 1981 following the death of President Ronald Reagan. The 1981 decision came just four hours before the show was scheduled to start.

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