When the Covid-19 virus shut down countries around the globe, it caused a cascade of events from cancelling films, concerts, nd theatrical productions to postponing gala award ceremonies.
On June 15 The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences – The Oscars – announced that the annual February event is being postponed until April in 2021.
With the closure of theatres, filmmakers have had to depend on sending films directly to streaming services or putting off release dates for several months to a year.
It is for this reason that The Academy has chosen to hold off until April 25, 2021 to present the 93rd annual awards gala. This is only the fourth time in the history of the awards that it has been postponed. Nominees will be announced on March 15.
The window of eligibility for films to be included in the nominating process has also been extended to February 28, 2021.
While the new date for the awards has been announced, there are still many decisions to make from the format of the gala – virtual of in person – and the logistics for the 2022 awards.
The opening of The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures has been pushed back from December of this year to April of next year.
The annual Governors Awards held each November to present any honourary Oscars has been cancelled for this year.
The British Film Academy has also announced a delay in their annual awards ceremonies. Normally the BAFTA awards are held a couple of weeks prior to the Oscars.
The British Film Academy has announced that the 2021 BAFTA awards have been moved from February 14 to April 11, 2021.
BAFTA has announced that films released via online will be eligible for the awards just as the theatrical releases are.
While the Prime Time Emmy Awards is still looking at September 20 for their annual awards presentations; The Tony Awards and Gold Globe Awards have yet to make announcements of presentation dates.