The 2021 Oscars ceremony has been postponed for two months until April 25th, 202. The historic annual event was originally set to take place on February 28th.
The Academy has also extended the eligibility period for nominated films by two months which now means that the window for qualifying films now spans from January 1st 2020 to February 28th, 2021, with a general submission deadline set pencilled in for January 15th 2021.
Furthermore, the Academy has also made significant adjustments to the eligibility rules this past April in response to the pandemic which includes the plan to now accepting digital screenings. Previously, films needed to be screening in theatres for at least one week in a Los Angeles-area to qualify.
“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.
They maintain that the 2021 event will still be held “at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood” and it remains to be seen whether social distancing guidelines and whether the event will run at full or limited capacity.