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Oscars Delayed Until April

Freshly painted Oscar Statues in preparation for the Governors Awards and the 82nd Academy Awards at a secret location on Oct. 19, 2009 in Northern Los Angeles County. (Kristian Dowling/Getty Images)
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Hollywood’s awards season already seems endless. But now those “For Your Consideration” will last even longer.

Word came today that the Oscars are being pushed back two months.

Instead of Feb. 28 of next year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Monday postponed the Academy Awards to April 25, 2021. In another delay tied to the pandemic, the organization said its Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, which was going to be unveiled this December after multiple delays, now won’t until April 30.

And there were other changes. Rather than require feature films to premiere before the end of the year, the academy extended the Oscar eligibility cutoff date to Feb. 28. The academy previously announced that movies for next year’s ceremony did not have to premiere in a movie theater or a film festival in order to compete.

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David Rubin, the academy’s president, 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.”

The academy also postponed its Scientific and Technical Awards, originally set for next week, to an unspecified future date, while this fall’s annual Governors Awards have been canceled entirely.

The academy’s museum, at the corner of Wilshire and Fairfax Blvds., has been delayed a number of times; it was once set to open its doors last year.

“With the unprecedented and devastating pandemic happening around the world and our commitment first and foremost to the health and safety of our visitors and staff, we have made the difficult decision to wait a few more months to open our doors,” Bill Kramer, the museum’s director, said in a statement.

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