The 2021 Oscars have been pushed back by two months, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
On Monday, it was announced that the 93rd Academy Awards will be held on Sunday, April 25, 2021, broadcasting live from the Dolby Theatre on ABC.
Before the pandemic hit the nation in March, the show was originally scheduled for February 28, 2021.
In a statement, Academy President David Rubin and Academy CEO Dawn Hudson said, “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. 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."
The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, which was originally scheduled to open in December, will now open in April to coincide with the Oscars. ABC Entertainment President Karey Burke said in a separate statement, “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.”
This is the fourth time that the Oscars have been rescheduled. The first time that the show was delayed was in 1938, due to flooding in Los Angeles. Thirty years later, it was postponed after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In 1981, it was once again put on hold after an assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan.
The Oscar nominations will be announced on March 15, 2021.