The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has decided to delay the Oscars by two months because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 93rd Oscars will now take place on April 25th, 2021 instead of February 28th, 2021. The Academy also announced that eligibility for films is extended beyond the typical December 31st date — films released between January 1st, 2020 and February 28th, 2021 will be eligible.
“For over a century, movies have played an important role in comforting, inspiring, and entertaining us during the darkest of times,” Academy president David Rubin and Academy CEO Dawn Hudson said in a press release. “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.