The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced on Monday that the 93rd Oscars will be postponed on April 25, 2021, being rescheduled for the first time in 40 years due to the coronavirus pandemic.
"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," said Academy President David Rubin and Academy CEO Dawn Hudson in a joint statement. The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, which had been set to open on December 14, 2020, will now open on April 30, 2021. The last time the Oscars were postponed was in 1981, when the ceremony was delayed 24 hours because of an assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan.
Some highly anticipated summer movies this year like "Wonder Woman 1984" and "Black Widow" have shifted their releases. Some films have taken a digital-only approach to their releases in response to the pandemic. he British Academy Film Awards will also move dates, it was announced later on Monday.