Oscars delaying 2021 ceremony until April due to pandemic
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Monday that it will delay the 2021 Oscars ceremony until April 25, about two months after its originally scheduled date of Feb. 28, “as a result of the pandemic caused by COVID-19.” 

The eligibility period for awards was also extended to include movies released between Jan. 1 and Feb. 28 of next year after movie theaters around the world shut down to avoid spreading the coronavirus. 

“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,” Academy President David Rubin and CEO Dawn Hudson said in a statement

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“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,” they added. 

The submission deadline for speciality categories, including animated feature film, documentary feature, documentary short subject, international feature film, animated short film and live action short film, will be Dec. 1. The deadline for general entry categories such as best picture, original score and original song will be Jan. 15.

The ceremony will air live on ABC as planned. The statement did not include information on whether the annual show will include a traditional red carpet and live audience.

The Academy said it intends to “ultimately return” to the regular awards ceremony calendar for 2022, but those dates will be announced later. 

The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, which was set to open on Dec. 14 in Los Angeles, will now open on April 30, 2021.