Oscars Postponed By Two Months Due To COVID-19

In this file photo taken on February 08, 2020 an Oscars statue is displayed on the red carpet area on the eve of the 92nd Oscars ceremony at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California. Mark RALSTON / AFP
In this file photo taken on February 08, 2020 an Oscars statue is displayed on the red carpet area on the eve of the 92nd Oscars ceremony at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California. Mark RALSTON / AFP


The 93rd Oscars have been postponed by eight weeks to April 25 after the coronavirus pandemic shuttered movie theaters and wreaked havoc on Hollywood’s release calendar, the Academy said Monday.

With many studio blockbusters and indie arthouse movies forced to push back their release dates until theaters reopen, the cut-off date for Oscar-eligible films has also been extended from December 31, 2020 to February 28, 2021.

“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 CEO Dawn Hudson in a statement.

The movie industry’s biggest night was originally scheduled for February 28, 2021.

No decision has yet been taken on whether it will remain a live, star-studded ceremony, or shift to a “virtual” presentation.

Most US movie theaters remain closed, with fears of a second wave of COVID-19 cases growing.

The Academy — seen as the apex body of the Hollywood film industry — had already eased some eligibility rules in April, allowing movies that skip the big screen and appear on streaming platforms to contend for Oscars this year.

Monday’s move was prompted by concerns that a field consisting only of films released in 2020 would not be as broad or competitive as in previous years.

The Academy Awards have been postponed before — after Los Angeles flooded in 1938, Martin Luther King Jr’s assassination in 1968 and the shooting of President Ronald Reagan in 1981 — but never by more than a week.

The Academy’s long-delayed Museum of Motion Pictures, previously scheduled to open in Los Angeles this December, will now open on April 30, 2021.

“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,” said Monday’s statement.

It added: “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 Oscars are the grand finale of a movie award season starting in earnest with the Golden Globes in early January.

Other film award shows are widely expected to announce similar delays in the wake of the Academy’s move.

Meanwhile, television’s Primetime Emmys ceremony is still scheduled to take place in September, with discussions over format ongoing.

The Television Academy said Monday its Creative Arts Emmys — dozens of technical awards, usually handed out the weekend before the main Emmys — will be replaced with a “virtual event.”

Academy Shelves Plans For ‘Popular’ Oscar Award

Director Jordan Peele poses in the press room with the Oscar for best original screenplay during the 90th Annual Academy Awards on March 4, 2018, in Hollywood, California. FREDERIC J. BROWN / AFP


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said Thursday it was shelving plans for a “popular film” Oscar award that had been ridiculed by critics as a desperate bid to boost viewership and honor moneymaking movies.

“There has been a wide range of reactions to the introduction of a new award, and we recognize the need for further discussion with our members,” Dawn Hudson, the CEO of the Academy, said in a statement.

“We have made changes to the Oscars over the years — including this year — and we will continue to evolve while also respecting the incredible legacy of the last 90 years.”

The organization that hands out the Oscars had announced the new award in August along with other changes to the 91st Oscars that will be held in Hollywood on February 24 of next year.

Those changes include shortening the ceremony to three hours — this year’s lasted nearly four — and handing out some of the awards during commercial breaks.

The proposed “popular film” Oscar had been panned by critics as a bid to increase viewership of the annual show and to honor blockbuster movies such as Star War films or Marvel Universe films that rake in millions at the box office.

Viewership of the Oscars has been steadily declining over the years. This year’s ceremony held on March 4 posted all-time low television ratings with 26.5 million viewers.

The Academy on Thursday also announced that the 2020 Oscars would be held on February 9, several weeks earlier than usual.


Best Picture Oscar Winners Of Past 20 Years

Two people work on the roof over the red carpet during preparations for the 90th annual Academy Awards week, in Hollywood, California, on March 1, 2018.


The following is a list of the best picture Oscar winners from the last 20 years, ahead of Sunday’s 90th Academy Awards in Hollywood:

2017 – “Moonlight”

2016 – “Spotlight”

2015 – “Birdman”

2014 – “12 Years A Slave”

2013 – “Argo”

2012 – “The Artist”

2011 – “The King’s Speech”

2010 – “The Hurt Locker”

2009 – “Slumdog Millionaire”

2008 – “No Country for Old Men”

2007 – “The Departed”

2006 – “Crash”

2005 – “Million Dollar Baby”

2004 – “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King”

2003 – “Chicago”

2002 – “A Beautiful Mind”

2001 – “Gladiator”

2000 – “American Beauty”

1999 – “Shakespeare in Love”

1998 – “Titanic”

Oscars 2016: Leonardo DiCaprio Wins Best Actor

oscarsLeonardo DiCaprio has finally won his first Oscar for survival epic The Revenant, after six nominations.

He was named best actor at the 88th Academy Awards, with Brie Larson named best actress Oscar for Room.

Catholic Church abuse movie “Spotlight” was named best picture, the top award at Sunday’s Oscars ceremony, after a night peppered with punchlines from host Chris Rock about the #OscarsSoWhite controversy that has dominated the industry.

In a ceremony where no single movie commanded attention, Mexico’s Alejandro Inarritu nabbed the best directing Oscar for “The Revenant”, becoming the first filmmaker in more than 60 years to win back-to-back Academy Awards. Inarritu won in 2015 for “Birdman.”

“The Revenant” went into Sunday’s ceremony with a leading 12 nominations, and was among four movies believed to have the best chances for best picture after it won Golden Globe and BAFTA trophies.

The ambitious 20th Century Fox (FOXA.O) Pioneer-era tale, shot in sub-zero temperatures, also brought a first Oscar win for its star Leonardo DiCaprio, who got a standing ovation from the A-list Hollywood audience.

“I do not take tonight for granted,” DiCaprio said, taking the opportunity in his acceptance speech to urge action on climate change.

Yet voters in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences chose Open Road Films’ (RGC.N) “Spotlight,” which traces the Boston Globe’s 2003 Pulitzer Prize winning investigation of child sex abuse by Catholic priests, for best picture. The movie also won best original screenplay.

“This film gave a voice to survivors, and this Oscar amplifies that voice, which we hope can become a choir that will resonate all the way to the Vatican,” said producer Michael Sugar.

Rising star Brie Larson, 26, took home the statuette for best actress for her role as an abducted young woman in indie movie “Room,” adding to her armful of trophies from other award shows.