The Academy Awards, more popularly known as the Oscars, might get postponed to later months in 2021 due to the spread of the coronavirus. With less number of releases amid the COVID-19 pandemic, there are plans to postpone the mega event by four months, for the first time in 93 years, marking the most major shakeup since 1929. According to a report by The Sun, the organisers are in talks to push the ceremony, which was scheduled to be held on February 28 next year. It might be pushed to May or June. Also Read - New Single-Day Spike Record Every Day: 9,304 New Cases in Last 24 Hours | 10 Developments
Many Hollywood studios have already been informed about the longer release window for their films to be eligible for nomination. Amid the ongoing worldwide shut down due to the coronavirus crisis, several movies have been pushed as cinemas remain shut. Movies that have been pushed include films like James Bond movie No Time To Die, Top Gun: Maverick, Mulan and Marvel’s Black Widow. Also Read - Lockdown Impact: Atlas Cycles Announces Temporary Shutdown After Facing Losses, Over 700 Employees Jobless
“The ongoing coronavirus crisis has caused waves in the industry and has decimated plans for so many releases this year. The Oscars organisers have been in talks for weeks about whether the ceremony can go ahead given so many releases have been pushed back,” said a source. Also Read - Unlock 1, Day 4 LIVE: 9,304 Cases Recorded in Last 24 Hours, Number of Cases Rises in Lutyens' Delhi
The source continued: “There would be a mutiny if changes weren’t made and the industry could be totally ravaged if film studios held back their offerings until the 2022 ceremony to be eligible. What they’re proposing is pushing back the ceremony, which was going to take place on February 28, to either late May or early June. Doing this means films forced to postpone their release dates can put them out later this year or in early 2021 knowing they will still be eligible for the Oscars.”
“Film studios have been informed of the plans and are now drawing up their release dates accordingly. But with everything still so up in the air, it’s all rather tentative at the moment,” added the source.
Last month, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences announced a change in rules and eligibility requirements for the 2021 Oscars, making movies of streaming services eligible to win the golden statuettes.
The Academy pulled out its Oscar eligibility rules in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The change is not permanent and will apply to films released this year. The Academy also shared that it will eliminate an Oscar category. The sound mixing and sound editing categories will be combined into one award, reducing the total number of categories presented on the show to 23.
The 92nd Academy Awards ceremony, honoring the best films of 2019, was held on February 9, 2020 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California. The South Korean film Parasite led the ceremony with four awards and became the first film in a language other than English to win Best Picture.
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(With inputs from IANS)