More shocking news to come out today, as many major releases and productions have been delayed due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. According to Screenrant, the 2021 Academy Awards might be postponed, as a result of the outbreak, joining the numerous movies, conventions and events that have been either delayed or cancelled, due to the current situation.
Though ABC has yet to change the current date of February 28, 2021, several outlets like Variety say that the entire ceremony is in jeopardy. When the new Oscar eligibility rules amidst the pandemic were announced last month, Academy President David Rubin told them that it was too soon to tell if next year’s telecast could change because of it.
“It’s impossible to know what the landscape will be. We know we want to celebrate film but we do not know exactly what form it will take.”Academy President David Rubin on how the Coronavirus could impact the 2021 Oscars (via Variety)
The new rules state that movies that were originally planned for a theatrical release will still be eligible for the 2021 Oscars, including films that find their way to streaming services as a result of the outbreak. However, this new rule will only apply until theaters can reopen, but with the financial stress facing nationwide chains like AMC Theaters and Regal Cinemas, it could be longer than expected.
Even if it is safe to conduct the ceremony nine months from now, the large number of audience and crew members will make it more challenging than ever, along with the inadequate competition effected by the amount of films eligible during that time. In addition, the delay will most likely set a precedent for other awards ceremonies, based on the length of the postponement itself. Whatever ends up happening for film in 2020, moviegoers can take comfort in knowing that the industry will be rolling again soon, even if it takes more time than usual to get there.
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