- The Academy has announced that the 93rd Oscars will now take place on April 25, two months from its original date.
The 93rd Oscars ceremony has been officially pushed back to take place on Sunday, April 25, 2021, at Dolby Theatre, from the originally planned February date. The change comes due to the COVID-19 pandemic that has affected the entertainment industry. The show will still air live on ABC.
Along with the ceremony shift, the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, initially scheduled to open to the public on December 14, 2020, will now open on April 30, 2021, also as a result of the health crisis.
“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,” said Academy President David Rubin and Academy CEO Dawn Hudson. “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.”
“We find ourselves in uncharted territory this year and will continue to work with our partners at the Academy to ensure next year’s show is a safe and celebratory event that also captures the excitement of the opening of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures,” said Karey Burke, president, ABC Entertainment.
Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano, The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will feature six floors of exhibition spaces and feature exhibits by filmmakers including Spike Lee.
Bill Kramer, director of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, said, “I speak for all of us at the Museum when I say that we have been eagerly awaiting the moment when we can share the Academy Museum with movie lovers everywhere. With the unprecedented and devastating pandemic happening around the world and our commitment first and foremost to the health and safety of our visitors and staff, we have made the difficult decision to wait a few more months to open our doors. Thankfully, with COVID-19 safety protocols in place, exhibitions continue to be installed. We look forward to April 2021 when Los Angeles and the world will be able to join together as the Academy celebrates the Oscars and the opening of its long-dreamed-of Museum.”
A major change has also been announced for the eligibility period. The eligibility period for Academy Awards consideration has been extended beyond the standard December 31 deadline. A film released between January 1, 2020, and February 28, 2021, will be eligible. The submission deadline for specialty categories (Animated Feature Film, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject, International Feature Film, Animated Short Film, Live Action Short Film) is December 1, 2020. The submission deadline for general entry categories, including Best Picture, Original Score and Original Song, is now January 15, 2021.
Academy key dates for the 2020/2021 Oscar season are as follows:
|Preliminary voting begins||Monday, February 1, 2021|
|Preliminary voting ends||Friday, February 5, 2021|
|Oscar Shortlists Announcement||Tuesday, February 9, 2021|
|Nominations voting begins||Friday, March 5, 2021|
|Nominations voting ends||Wednesday, March 10, 2021|
|Oscar Nominations Announcement||Monday, March 15, 2021|
|Oscar Nominees Luncheon||Thursday April 15, 2021|
|Finals voting begins||Thursday April 15, 2021|
|Museum Gala||Saturday, April 17, 2021|
|Finals voting ends||Tuesday, April 20, 2021|
|Oscars Oscar||Sunday, April 25, 2021|
|Museum Public Opening||Friday, April 30, 2021|
The Academy’s Scientific and Technical Awards presentation which was set for June 20, will be postponed to a later date. The Academy’s Governors Award will not take place in the fall and further information will be given at a later date.