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Film Academy is considering postponing 2021 Oscars amid ongoing pandemic crisis

The 93rd Academy Awards are set to take place on February 28 2021.

But there is speculation that Hollywood’s biggest night may be postponed by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. 

Multiple sources have revealed that the ABC telecast of the Oscars will be moved to a different date, however, there’s no definitive plan in place.

Up in the air: There is speculation that the 2021 Oscars may be postponed by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Brad Pitt is pictured at the 92nd ceremony in February before the pandemic hit

‘It’s likely they’ll be postponed,’ a source told Variety on the condition of anonymity.

The details have yet to be fully discussed or even formally proposed, the insider added.

Another source said that the ceremony date remains unchanged.

When new rules were announced in April because of COVID-19 severely affecting the movie industry and movie-goers, Academy president David Rubin said it was too soon to know how the 2021 Oscars could change.

'It's likely they’ll be postponed,' a source revealed to Variety on the condition of anonymity

‘It’s likely they’ll be postponed,’ a source revealed to Variety on the condition of anonymity

Hollywood's biggest night: Steve Martin and Chris Rock are pictured at the last Academy Awards in February

Hollywood’s biggest night: Steve Martin and Chris Rock are pictured at the last Academy Awards in February 

‘It’s impossible to know what the landscape will be,’ he told Variety at the time. ‘We know we want to celebrate film but we do not know exactly what form it will take.’ 

Last month it was announced that movies that skip the big screen will be allowed to contend for Oscars this year, the Academy said in a significant rule change forced by the coronavirus pandemic.

Traditionally the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences requires at least a seven-day run in Los Angeles theaters for movies to be eligible for Hollywood’s biggest prize.

Making it happen: Last month it was announced that movies that skip the big screen will be allowed to contend for Oscars this year as long as they had a planned theatrical release. Ellen DeGeneres is seen at the 2014 event

Making it happen: Last month it was announced that movies that skip the big screen will be allowed to contend for Oscars this year as long as they had a planned theatrical release. Ellen DeGeneres is seen at the 2014 event

But picture houses in America’s second city have been closed since mid-March, with no date set for them to reopen.

‘Until further notice, and for the 93rd Awards year only, films that had a previously planned theatrical release but are initially made available on a commercial streaming… platform may qualify,’ the Academy said in a statement.

Debate has raged in recent years over Oscar contenders produced by streaming giants such as Netflix, including last year’s ‘The Irishman’ and 2018’s ‘Roma.’

Until now, the films have been shown at theaters for brief windows before moving online, in order to remain eligible.

'It's impossible to know what the landscape will be,' Academy president David Rubin told Variety last month. 'We know we want to celebrate film but we do not know exactly what form it will take.' Jimmy Kimmel is pictured at the awards in 2018

‘It’s impossible to know what the landscape will be,’ Academy president David Rubin told Variety last month. ‘We know we want to celebrate film but we do not know exactly what form it will take.’ Jimmy Kimmel is pictured at the awards in 2018

The Academy, seen as the apex body of the Hollywood film industry, insisted that its commitment to viewing ‘the magic of movies’ at a theater is ‘unchanged and unwavering.’

‘Nonetheless, the historically tragic COVID-19 pandemic necessitates this temporary exception to our awards eligibility rules,’ added President David Rubin and CEO Dawn Hudson.

Once theaters reopen, the Academy will set a date from which the rule change will no longer apply, and standard theatrical qualifying requirements will return.

But films released at theaters in major cities outside Los Angeles will also become eligible.

Once theaters reopen, the Academy will set a date from which the rule change will no longer apply, and standard theatrical qualifying requirements will return. Reese Witherspoon is seen in 2006

Once theaters reopen, the Academy will set a date from which the rule change will no longer apply, and standard theatrical qualifying requirements will return. Reese Witherspoon is seen in 2006

Under other new rules agreed by governors during an April 28 video call meeting, sound mixing and sound editing Oscars will be merged.

Allowances will be made for scrapped film festivals that serve as qualifying events for movies in certain categories.

With the pandemic threatening to wreak havoc on Hollywood’s award season, industry bodies have been scrambling to adapt to the closure of theaters and postponement of major titles.

In March the Golden Globes became the first to relax entry rules, allowing films that had planned ‘a bona fide theatrical release’ to compete even if the release was later scrapped. 

Major US movie theaters say they do not plan on reopening until the summer, with some exceptions in states like Georgia and Texas that have already allowed theaters to reopen. 

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