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ABC hosted the 2020 Oscars and will televise the 2021 Academy Awards broadcast on April 25. (ABC key art)
ABC hosted the 2020 Oscars and will televise the 2021 Academy Awards broadcast on April 25. (ABC key art)

The Academy, ABC set April 25, 2021, as new show date for 93rd Oscars

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Mon, Jun 15th 2020 04:35 pm

Academy Museum of Motion Pictures opening date moves to April 30, 2021

Museum Gala kicks off Oscar Week celebrations

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the ABC Television Network on Monday announced the 93rd Oscars ceremony will move to Sunday, April 25, 2021, as a result of the global pandemic caused by the coronavirus. The show, which will air live on ABC, was originally scheduled for Feb. 28, 2021.

Coinciding with the Oscars celebration, the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, initially scheduled to open to the public on Dec. 14, will now open on April 30, 2021, also as a result of the health crisis.

“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,” said Academy President David Rubin and Academy CEO Dawn Hudson. “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."

“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,” said Karey Burke, president of ABC Entertainment.

The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano, features six floors of exhibition spaces, education and special event spaces, a conservation studio, a restaurant, a museum store, the 1,000-seat David Geffen Theater and the 288-seat Ted Mann Theater.

Bill Kramer, director of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, said, “I speak for all of us at the museum when I say that we have been eagerly awaiting the moment when we can share the Academy Museum with movie lovers everywhere. With the unprecedented and devastating pandemic happening around the world and our commitment first and foremost to the health and safety of our visitors and staff, we have made the difficult decision to wait a few more months to open our doors. Thankfully, with COVID-19 safety protocols in place, exhibitions continue to be installed. We look forward to April 2021 when Los Angeles and the world will be able to join together as the Academy celebrates the Oscars and the opening of its long-dreamed-of museum.”

Dates also have shifted for the Academy Awards eligibility period, submission deadlines and related awards season events. The eligibility period for Academy Awards consideration has been extended beyond the standard Dec. 31 deadline: a feature film must now have a qualifying release date between Jan. 1, 2020 and Feb. 28, 2021. The submission deadline for specialty categories (Animated Feature Film, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject, International Feature Film, Animated Short Film, Live Action Short Film) is Dec. 1, 2020. The submission deadline for general entry categories, including Best Picture, Original Score and Original Song, is now Jan. 15, 2021. Visit oscars.org/rules for the complete 93rd Academy Awards rules, revised with these dates and deadlines.

A press release said, “During this time, it has become necessary to make exceptional changes to the academy’s standard annual awards schedule. The intent going forward is to ultimately return to awarding excellence for films released in the January-December calendar year. Future eligibility windows and the Oscar show date for 2022 will be announced at a later date.”

Academy key dates for the 2020/2021 Oscar season are as follows:

Preliminary voting begins

Monday, Feb. 1, 2021

Preliminary voting ends 

Friday, Feb. 5, 2021

Oscar Shortlists Announcement

Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021

Nominations voting begins

Friday, March 5, 2021

Nominations voting ends

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Oscar Nominations Announcement

Monday, March 15, 2021

Oscar Nominees Luncheon

Thursday April 15, 2021

Finals voting begins 

Thursday April 15, 2021

Museum Gala

Saturday, April 17, 2021

Finals voting ends 

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Oscars Oscar 

Sunday, April 25, 2021

Museum Public Opening

Friday, April 30, 2021

The academy’s Scientific and Technical Awards presentation, which was scheduled for a June 20, 2020, ceremony in Beverly Hills, has been postponed to a later date still to be determined.

The academy’s Governors Awards, an annual celebration held at the Ray Dolby Ballroom in Hollywood, will not take place this fall. Additional information about the ceremony and selection of honorees will be provided at a later date.

The 93rd Oscars will be held at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network and in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

ABC hosted the 2020 Oscars and will televise the 2021 Academy Awards broadcast on April 25. (ABC key art)

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