Reuters reported that Oscars 2021 was shifted to April from February due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said in a statement on Monday that “the ceremony was originally been scheduled for February 28 but now it will take place on April 25, 2021.
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The Academy also extended the deadline by which movies must be released in order to be eligible for an Oscar nomination to February 28, 2021 from December 31, 2020. This is because the coronavirus forced the theaters worldwide to shut down in mid-March and also brought production of several films to a halt.
Academy President David Rubin and Academy Chief Executive Dawn Hudson said in a statement. “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“.
Just this last week, Hollywood movies were given the green light to resume production in the Los Angeles area with detailed guidelines on social distancing and frequent testing. However, most are not expected to resume until September.
Hollywood hopes the big movie theater chains will reopen by late July, when thriller “Tenet” and “Mulan” are due to be released. The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) on Monday also said it was shifting its film Awards ceremony to April 11 from February 14.