2021 Oscars Delayed by Coronavirus

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LOS ANGELES — The Academy of Movement Image Arts and Sciences mentioned on Monday that it might push again the following Oscars ceremony to April 25 from Feb. 28, citing the coronavirus pandemic. The postponement, the fourth for the reason that Academy Awards have been launched in 1929, might immediate the Golden Globes and different leisure award reveals to recalibrate.

The eligibility window for finest image consideration on the coming Academy Awards was prolonged to Feb. 28 as a substitute of Dec. 31. to make up for the closing of theaters between March and June. The academy didn’t say whether or not the April 25 present on ABC would contain the same old crimson carpet and dwell viewers.

“Our hope, in extending the eligibility interval and our awards date, is to supply the pliability filmmakers want to complete and launch their movies with out being penalized for one thing past anybody’s management,” David Rubin, the academy’s president, and Daybreak Hudson, the group’s chief govt, mentioned in an announcement. “For over a century, films have performed an essential function in comforting, inspiring and entertaining us through the darkest of instances. They definitely have this 12 months.”

The academy consulted with the Los Angeles County Division of Public Well being in choosing a brand new date for the Oscars. “We discover ourselves in uncharted territory this 12 months and can proceed to work with our companions on the academy to make sure subsequent 12 months’s present is a protected and celebratory occasion,” Karey Burke, president of ABC Leisure, mentioned in an announcement.

The Oscars telecast is a giant enterprise, producing 83 % of the academy’s roughly $150 million in annual income. ABC controls broadcast rights till 2028 at a value of about $75 million a 12 months. The community seeks almost $three million per 30-second business.

The academy additionally mentioned on Monday that its Governors Awards, which isn’t televised and the place lifetime achievement Oscars are handed out, wouldn’t happen this fall as deliberate. “Further details about the ceremony and choice of honorees shall be offered at a later date,” it mentioned.

The academy, which unveiled a brand new plan final week to promote nominee diversity (beginning with the 2022 ceremony), additionally pushed again the opening for its long-delayed museum in Los Angeles. The almost $400 million challenge, initially set to reach in 2017, will now open on April 30.

For its half, the Academy of Tv Arts and Sciences mentioned on Monday that its Inventive Arts Emmys, at which the vast majority of Emmys are awarded yearly, could be held just about in September. The principle Emmys telecast stays scheduled for Sept. 20 on ABC. The tv academy mentioned discussions have been underway “concerning the format.”

It’s simple to mock the annual Emmy and Oscar contests as frivolous, particularly when the US is heading toward 140,000 Covid-19 deaths and calls for for police reform are roiling seemingly every corner of American life. However awards do kind a vital a part of the Hollywood financial system. The Oscars telecast, at its core, is a colossal advertising software — one wanted greater than ever, given the closing of theaters in current months. Whereas viewership has declined sharply lately, the Oscars present nonetheless attracts an viewers of greater than 23 million folks. Pay for actors, administrators, sound designers, set decorators, and different movie and TV employees is instantly affected by wins and nominations.

Publications like Selection and The Hollywood Reporter want for-your-consideration adverts to outlive. Caterers, limo drivers, florists and stylists reap windfalls from awards-related occasions. All instructed, firms like Netflix, Common, Disney and Warner Bros. spend tens of tens of millions of {dollars} on award campaigns.

The pandemic has thrown a wrench into Hollywood’s awards equipment. Many artwork movies that have been scheduled for launch by the tip of the 12 months are nonetheless unfinished. Tastemaker occasions just like the Cannes Movie Competition have been disrupted. (The Toronto Movie Competition, the largest of the autumn festivals, will announce its plans within the coming days, a spokeswoman mentioned.) With theaters closed, the academy mentioned in April that streaming movies, for the primary time, might skip a theatrical release entirely and nonetheless stay eligible for Oscars.

The Academy Awards have been final postponed in 1981, after the tried assassination of President Ronald Reagan. The ceremony was additionally delayed in 1968 after the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and in 1938 due to catastrophic flooding in Los Angeles. Even so, April 25 would be the newest date that the ceremony has been held since its first iteration in 1929.

A delayed Academy Awards might lead to comparable strikes by the Hollywood International Press Affiliation, which places on the Golden Globes, at the moment scheduled for Jan. 11, and the foremost Hollywood guilds, every of which provides out its personal trophies within the lead-up to the Oscars. In a while Monday, the EE British Academy Movie Awards, Britain’s equal of the Oscars, have been postponed to April 11 from Feb. 14.

The brand new timeline additionally implies that January and February — usually cinematic useless zones — will virtually definitely be stocked with Oscar-caliber movies. Studios often launch their awards contenders unexpectedly on the finish of the 12 months to stay high of thoughts to academy voters.

Nicole Sperling contributed reporting.

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