The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the ABC Television Network today announced the 93rd Oscars ceremony will move to Sunday 25April 2021, because of the global pandemic caused by COVID-19. The show, which will air live on ABC, was originally scheduled for 28 February 2021.
The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, initially scheduled to open to the public on 14 December 2020, will now open on 30 April 2021.
“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,” said Academy President David Rubin and Academy CEO Dawn Hudson. A feature film must now have a qualifying release date between 1 January 2020 and 28 February 2021.
Academy key dates for the 2020/2021 Oscars
- Preliminary voting begins Monday, February 1, 2021
- Preliminary voting ends Friday, February 5, 2021
- Oscar Shortlists Tuesday, February 9, 2021
- Nominations voting begins Friday, March 5, 2021
- Nominations voting ends Wednesday, March 10, 2021
- Oscar Nominations Listed Monday, March 15, 2021
- Oscar Nominees Luncheon Thursday April 15, 2021
- Finals voting begins Thursday April 15, 2021
- Museum Gala Saturday, April 17, 2021
- Finals voting ends Tuesday, April 20, 2021
- Oscars Oscar Sunday, April 25, 2021
- Museum Public Opening Friday, April 30, 2021