2021 Oscars Postponed Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

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The 2021 Oscars telecast will be pushed back two months to April 25, 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Monday. The academy will also postpone the official opening of the Academy Museum until April 30.

The 93rd annual Academy Awards had been scheduled to air Feb. 28 as speculation swirled for months within Hollywood over the show’s fate.

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In a joint 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,” Rubin and Hudson added.

ABC, the network home to the Oscars, said safety of attendees will be of utmost importance for the event.

“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 ABC Entertainment President Karey Burke.