When the release of many films around the globe have been postponed for the release, the 93rd Oscar too has been postponed by eight weeks to April 25 amid the coronavirus crisis. While the theatres across the world remain shut to avoid crowds, the decision to postpone most acclaimed awards of the film industry is important.
The cut-off date for the Oscar-eligible films have also been extended from December 31, 2020 to Feb 28, 2021. Due to many studio blockbusters and indie arthouse movies are forced to push the release dates until the theaters reopen.
The Academy President, David Rubina and CEO Dawn Hudson said in a statement ,’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.’
Till now, it’s not decided whether the ceremony will remain live with stars wor shift to a virtual presentation. Some changes have already been made in the guidelines to allow the movies to skip that big screen and appear on streaming giants to content for Oscars this year.
“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. 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.’ said in a statement released on Monday.