Due to the Coronavirus, the 93rd annual Academy Awards has been delayed.
The Oscars was set to air on Feb 28th, but will now be pushed to April 25, 2021.
The Academy’s board of governors has also decided to extend the eligibility period.
For a film to be in the running for an award, it has to have a release date between January 1, 2020 – February 28, 2021.
This will allow more time for films to be qualified to earn an Oscar.
CEO and Academy President shared a statement about why this decision was made,
“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.”