Oscars 2021 pushed from February to April due to Coronavirus pandemic, Eligibility window also extended

“And the Oscar goes to…” well, it’s an immense pleasure to sit back at your comfy couch with some snacks and watch the most prestigious awards of the film industry. But due to the Coronavirus pandemic, Oscars have been shifted from February 28th to an April 25th date.

This time the movies that will hit the theatres in early 2021 would be acknowledged for the Oscars along with some of the movies which took ‘direct-to-web’ release, as Coronavirus pandemic forced theatres to shut their operations and hence, absolutely no movies released since the last three months.

President of the Academy, David Rubin, and CEO Dawn Hudson, said of their decision to a media portal, “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.”

He further stated to the same media portal, “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 penalised for something beyond anyone’s control.”

Announcing the new schedule of the prestigious ceremony, The Academy’s official twitter handle tweeted, “It’s true. Next year’s #Oscars will happen on April 25, 2021.

“Here’s what else you need to know:
– The eligibility period for the Oscars will be extended to February 28, 2021.
– Nominations will be announced on March 15, 2021.
– @AcademyMuseum will open on April 30, 2021.

This is the first time in 93 years that the Academy has witnessed such a delay in schedule.

Some of the flicks that delayed their release date account for Daniel Craig’s latest and last outing as 007, No Time To Die.

Marvel Studios’ Black Widow, starring Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh and Rachel Weisz.

South Korean movie Parasite by Bong Joon Ho, in 92nd Academy Awards created history by winning the Oscar for the Best Picture.

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