The Film Academy is considering to postpone Oscars 2021
Hollywood’s most prestigious award ceremony, the 93rd Academy Awards ceremony (Oscars 2021), is likely to get postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic worldwide.
The award ceremony was slated to take place on February 28 2021. But multiple sources have claimed that the ABC telecast of the Oscars will be moved to a different date, yet there is currently no definitive plan in place.
Considering the number of film releases that are being pushed to the latter half of 2020 or 2021, the decision of the Oscars seems pretty fair. Biggies that have been pushed back include the upcoming James Bond film No Time To Die, Top Gun: Maverick, Mulan and Marvel’s Black Widow.
The rapid shutdown of film production and cinemas has thrown the Oscars schedule into chaos, with many films being released only online. Keeping in mind the current situation, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced a temporary rule allowing films that did not release in movie theatres to be eligible for the Academy Awards. Previously, it required that a film must have a seven-day theatrical release in Los Angeles County to be qualified for an Oscars nomination.
Once theaters reopen, the Academy will set a date from which the rule change will no longer apply, and standard theatrical qualifying requirements will return.
Filmmakers and nominees are awaiting a formal announcement regarding the event. Regarding any formal announcement, “It’s impossible to know what the landscape will be. We know we want to celebrate film but we do not know exactly what form it will take,” said David Rubin to Variety.
The final decision of the Academy is hugely dependent on the situation the world is facing.
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