The American Film Academy (AMPAS) has announced that the 93rd Academy Awards Gala has been postponed for two months due to the pandemic, and will take place at the end of April 2021.
The ceremony is scheduled to take place on April 25, 2021. Also, AMPAS has decided to postpone the inauguration of its museum in Los Angeles.
“For more than a century, movies have played an important role in comforting us in the darkest moments. They certainly did that this year. Our hope, by extending the eligibility period and award dates, is to provide the flexibility that filmmakers need to complete and release their films without being penalized for something that is not controlled by anyone, “said David Rubin, president. Academy, and Dawn Hudson, CEO, in a statement quoted by Variety. “The next Oscar gala and the opening of the museum will mark a historic moment, bringing together moviegoers from around the world united through cinema.”
Recently, the rules on the eligibility of a film for an Oscar have been changed – a feature film must have been released between January 1, 2020, and February 28, 2021, to be considered for next year’s ceremony.
The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will open to the public on April 30, 2021. The Governors Awards gala, usually scheduled for the fall, has also been postponed to a date to be announced.
The format of the April gala at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood has not been established. The timetable has been set: the preliminary vote will end on February 5, 2021, the shortlists for nominations will be announced on February 9, the nomination voting will begin on March 5, the nominations will be announced on March 15, and the final vote will end on March 20. April 2021.
Following this program change, it is expected that all galas in the industry will be moved.
BAFTA has already announced a new date for next year’s edition – April 11, 2021. Lorenzo Soria, president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which awards the Golden Globes, said that no decision has yet been made on the date he will have place the ceremony in 2021.
This is the fourth time the Oscar ceremony has been postponed. It first happened in 1938, due to the floods in Los Angeles, then in 1968, after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and most recently, in 1981, after the assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan.