The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and ABC Television Network June 15 pushed the date of the 93rd Academy Awards ceremony to April 25, 2021. The Oscar telecast had been slated for Feb. 28.
In addition, the Academy has extended eligibility for the 93rd Oscars to include any film released in 2020 and in January or February of 2021. The typical eligibility period is January to December of the same calendar year, which the Academy announced it would return to in the future.
Nominations will be announced Monday, March 15. The Academy’s Scientific and Technical Awards presentation, which was scheduled for a June 20 ceremony in Beverly Hills, has been postponed to a later date still to be determined. The Academy’s Governors Awards, an annual celebration held at the Ray Dolby Ballroom in Hollywood, will not take place this fall.
The Academy previously announced that movies that had been pulled from theatrical release as a result of theater shutdowns during the pandemic and instead were made available through premium video on demand or streaming services would still be eligible for Oscar consideration.
Many films slated for the summer movie season have been pushed back to the fall and winter, raising uncertainties about the scheduling for prestige films typically released later in the year to vie for awards.
For example, the “James Bond” film No Time to Die was moved from its April theatrical release and will now open Nov. 20. Warner pushed the DC Comics sequel Wonder Woman 1984 from June 5 to Aug. 14, then moved it again to Oct. 2. And director Christopher Nolan’s Tenet, which Warner had penciled in for July 17, the date many theater chains expect to fully re-open, was moved by Warner to July 31.
“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. “This coming Oscars and the opening of our new museum will mark an historic moment, gathering movie fans around the world to unite through cinema.”
Coinciding with the Oscars celebration, the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, initially scheduled to open to the public Dec. 14, will now open April 30, 2021. The museum will feature six floors of exhibition spaces, education and special event spaces, a conservation studio, a restaurant, a museum store, the 1,000-seat David Geffen Theater and the 288-seat Ted Mann Theater.