Academy Expected to Postpone Oscars and Extend Eligibility Window

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ board of governors will meet by way of Zoom on Monday morning, the place they’re anticipated to vote to delay the Oscars by as many as eight weeks and prolong the awards present’s eligibility window past Dec. 31, 2020.

The delay for the ceremony, which was scheduled to happen on Feb. 28, 2021, is predicted to be voted on because of the continued coronavirus pandemic, which has shuttered theaters and delayed manufacturing and post-production work on films that had been initially slated to come out by the top of 2020. As the Hollywood Reporter notes, “The governors are not expected to determine the format for the ceremony yet — in-person or virtual — as they feel they still have time to see how the pandemic unfolds before making that call. They did, however, need to put a hold on a new date on the calendar of their broadcasting partner, ABC.”

The Oscars have been postponed 3 times earlier than — as soon as in 1938 due to flooding in LA, in 1968 due to the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and in 1981 after President Ronald Reagan was shot. However, the eligibility window has solely been prolonged as soon as, for the Oscars’ sixth ceremony in 1934. “That ceremony, in March 1934, was preceded by a 17-month eligibility window spanning Aug. 1, 1932 through Dec. 31, 1933, so that thereafter the eligibility period could be the actual calendar year preceding each ceremony, Jan. 1 through Dec. 31,” The Hollywood Reporter writes.

Some critics have argued that extending the eligibility window is pointless as a result of historically most Oscar contenders aren’t launched till later within the 12 months, anyway. And given the Academy’s #OscarsSoWhite historical past, the optics of extending the eligibility window proper after Spike Lee’s just-released Da 5 Bloods has begun to generate awards buzz for the director in addition to lead actor Delroy Lindo aren’t nice.

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