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Academy Awards Delayed to April

With the pandemic hindering movie theaters from operating, many films have been holding off on theatrical releases while others have favored an early VOD release to make some money this year. With fewer films hitting theaters this year considering the movie theaters are just now starting to open back up to the public, the Academy Awards are attempting to better adapt so that their selection for the next awards ceremony won’t be so few films to pick from. Thankfully, they’ve relaxed restrictions enough so that films that skip the theater and head for VOD have a chance this year. And there are more rules being relaxed now as well.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences today has stated that they will postpone their date for the Academy Awards ceremony from February to April. In addition to the movement in the ceremony, the window for releases has changed. Traditionally, eligible movies have debut in a few theaters before December 31st of that year to qualify for awards that year. This is why you would typically see Oscar hopefuls released late in the year for recognition, as with 2019’s films of 1917 and Just Mercy, both of which had limited theatrical runs in December and didn’t expand nationwide until January.  Now films have until the end of February of 2021 to qualify for the awards in April 2021.

Here’s how it breaks down:

The eligibility period for Academy Awards consideration has been extended beyond the standard December 31 deadline: a feature film must now have a qualifying release date between January 1, 2020 and February 28, 2021. The submission deadline for specialty categories (Animated Feature Film, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject, International Feature Film, Animated Short Film, Live Action Short Film) is December 1, 2020. The submission deadline for general entry categories, including Best Picture, Original Score and Original Song, is now January 15, 2021. Visit oscars.org/rules for the complete 93rd Academy Awards rules, revised with these dates and deadlines.

In addition to this, these familiar Oscar dates have shifted as well:

The eligibility period for Academy Awards consideration has been extended beyond the standard December 31

Preliminary voting begins Monday, February 1, 2021

Preliminary voting ends Friday, February 5, 2021

Oscar Shortlists Announcement Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Nominations voting begins Friday, March 5, 2021

Nominations voting ends Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Oscar Nominations Announcement 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

The Academy’s Scientific and Technical Awards presentation, which was scheduled for a June 20, 2020

ceremony in Beverly Hills, has been postponed to a later date still to be determined.deadline: a feature film must now have a qualifying release date between January 1, 2020 and February 28, 2021.

The submission deadline for specialty categories (Animated Feature Film, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject, International Feature Film, Animated Short Film, Live Action Short Film) is December 1, 2020.

The submission deadline for general entry categories, including Best Picture, Original Score and Original Song, is now January 15, 2021.

Visit oscars.org/rules for the complete 93rd Academy Awards rules, revised with these dates and deadlines.