There was still some debate in Hollywood on whether or not the 2021 Oscars would happen. It’s not that they believe the virus will still be running rampant come February of next year, it’s just that…how many movies will be released before then?
Well, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced on Monday that the 93rd Academy Awards will take place, but it’ll be postponed by two months.
The 2021 Oscars is scheduled to happen on April 25, 2021. Typically, the Academy Awards airs in February.
The organization recently extended release date eligibility rules. A feature film must now have a qualifying release date between Jan. 1, 2020, and Feb. 28, 2021. The submission deadline for specialty categories (animated feature film, documentary feature, documentary short subject, international feature film, animated short film and live action short film) is Dec. 1, 2020. The submission deadline for general entry categories, including best picture, original score and original song, is now Jan. 15, 2021.
This means that a film could premiere at Sundance in January (provided the festival happens) then be released in theaters in February, and still be eligible for the Oscars in April. That’s pretty crazy.
It’s certainly going to make for an interesting awards season. Maybe it’ll be the added spice the show has needed.