The 2021 Oscar ceremony was postponed eight weeks after the new coronavirus pandemic forced to close movie theaters and wreak havoc on the Hollywood release schedule.
With major and independent studio film releases delayed until the reopening of theaters, the deadline for films to be eligible for the top film award has been extended from December 31, 2020 to February 28 from 2021.
“Our hope in extending the eligibility period and the award deadline is to provide the flexibility filmmakers need to finish and release their films without being penalized for something that is beyond everyone’s control,” The president of the United States Film Academy said Monday, David rubin, and its executive director, Dawn Hudson.
The Oscar Awards already have an official date for 2021!
Most U.S. movie theaters remain closed, under growing fear of a second wave of COVID-19.
The 93rd edition of the biggest night in the film industry was scheduled for February 28, 2021, now it will run until April 25.
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This announcement fuels hope that the ceremony will take place like every year in a celebrity-filled theater rather than a virtual event.
“We are in uncharted territory and we will continue to work with our Academy partners to ensure that next year’s show is a safe event and a celebration.”, said Karey Burke, president of ABC Entertainment, which will broadcast the gala program in the United States.
The Academy It had already relaxed some eligibility rules in April, allowing movies to skip their big screen release and go straight to streaming platforms. streaming compete for the Oscars of 2021.
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Monday’s decision responds to concerns that allowing only movies released in 2020 would yield an edition not as broad or competitive as in previous years.
The delivery of the Oscar it had been postponed on other occasions due to historical events:
After the Los Angeles flood in 1938, of the murder of Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968 and the attack on the president Ronald reagan in 1981, but never for more than a week.
«Comfort, inspire and entertain us»
The awards of the Academy mark the end of the award season in Hollywood, which begins in January with Golden Globes.
Immediately after the Academy announcement, the BAFTA British – which are normally held shortly before Oscar– postponed until April 11.
The change responds to «Impact of the global pandemic and accommodates an extended period of eligibility»organizers told AFP.
Other award ceremonies are expected to be postponed as well.
Other events of the Academy, including the ceremony at which the honorary oscars and technical awards are presented, were also postponed.
The long overdue Academy Film Museum, scheduled to open in December in Los Angeles, will now open on April 30, 2021.
“For more than a century, movies have played an important role in comforting, inspiring, and entertaining us during the darkest times. They certainly have this year »Monday’s statement said.
“The upcoming Oscars and the opening of our new museum will mark a historic moment, bringing together movie fans from around the world.”
Meanwhile, the ceremony of the Emmy, which rewards the best of television, is still scheduled for September, while the format should be debated.
The Television Academy already said Monday that the ceremony prior to the Emmy Dozens of technical awards are presented, usually held one week before the main event, and will be replaced by a «Virtual event».