It feels like it’s been 10 years since the last Academy Awards, but really it’s been just three months since Parasite shocked the world.
And even though it’s been just three months, and the next Oscars is still over eight months away, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is considering postponing the event.
The sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, say definitive plans are far from being concrete at this juncture. The telecast is currently set for Feb. 28, 2021, on ABC.
‘It’s likely they’ll be postponed’ however, that person cautioned that the details, including potential new dates, have not been fully discussed or formally proposed yet.
If they do get postponed, it’ll be a bit of a perplexing move, considering they made temporary rule changes in April to accommodate the current state of the world.
In this rule change, streaming movies would now qualify to be nominated without having to premiere inside theaters.
But if the event gets postponed, that rule change will seem pointless, considering theaters will reopen at some point.
It’s unclear if postponing the Oscars will also mean that the Academy will allow films released after the year-end deadline to qualify for the 2021 Oscars.
Most Oscar-worthy films don’t premiere until the fall/winter anyway. If theaters are open nationwide by September/October, I don’t see why it would be necessary to postpone the Oscars.
But we don’t know what the world will look like come winter. The virus could return in full force and shut everything down again.
Perhaps the Academy is trying to be proactive.