The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has pushed back the 93rd Academy Awards, originally scheduled for February 28, 2021, will now take place on April 25. The date will be paired with the now again delayed opening of the Academy’s new Museum of Motion Pictures, which moves from a December 14, 2020 open. The eligibility requirements for movies is extended by two months. Movies that have a qualifying release date between January 1, 2020 and February 28, 2021 will now be able to compete in the next Academy Awards. ABC Entertainment president Karey Burke stated “We find ourselves in uncharted territory this year and will continue to work with our partners at the Academy to ensure next year’s show is a safe and celebratory event that also captures the excitement of the opening of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures,”. With president David Rubin and Academy CEO Dawn Hudson commenting “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. 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. This coming Oscars and the opening of our new museum will mark an historic moment, gathering movie fans around the world to unite through cinema.”
The Future eligibility windows and the Oscar show date for 2022 will be announced at a later date.