- The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is considering postponing the 2021 Oscars.
Sources told Variety about the probability of the show being postponed but nothing is concrete and no new date has been talked about as of yet. But other sources have mentioned that the date has not changed.
The Academy had previously announced a change to its eligibility rules. The rule would only be applicable to this year’s show allowing movies that premiere digitally will be considered. It would also expand theatrical runs to include more cities including New York, Chicago, Miami, Atlanta, and the Bay Area, instead of just in Los Angeles.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, movie theaters have been closed, which wouldn’t have allowed films to meet the Oscar eligibility rule of having a seven-day theatrical release in Los Angeles County to qualify.
The Academy has not made a comment on the rumored postponement.
Variety first reported the news.