The Oscars always bring out Hollywood’s brightest stars for a night of glitz and glamour quite unlike anything else on the showbiz calendar.
However, not even Tinseltown has been spared the restrictions imposed following the coronavirus pandemic.
With many blockbusters postponed or indefinitely delayed and filming halted for several months, will there be an Academy Awards ceremony next year?
Will the Oscars go ahead next year?
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the ABC Television Network confirmed the 93rd Oscars ceremony will move to Sunday, April 25, 2021.
The glitziest night in the showbiz calendar normally airs earlier, and 2021’s ceremony was originally scheduled for February 28, 2021.
Announcing the new date, Academy President David Rubin and Academy CEO Dawn Hudson released a statement saying: ‘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.
‘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.’
The shift in date also means that more films have time to be completed and released in order to be eligible for awards.
The Academy website confirms the eligibility period for Academy Awards consideration has been extended beyond the standard December 31 deadline: a feature film must now have a qualifying release date between January 1, 2020 and February 28, 2021.
This could mean that some delayed films – including No Time to Die – could be expected to release before the end of February next year.
Will the Oscars have a red carpet and audience?
It’s too early to predict what could happen by April next year.
There are hopes that, in the UK at least, adults will be offered the coronavirus vaccine by Easter next year.
However, if this doesn’t happen, the Oscars 2021 could broadcast a mixture of social-distancing compliant in-person appearances and video link appearances, as the Emmys did recently.
The Emmys had a live host in Jimmy Kimmel, with stars like Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis appearing with him on stage to present an award.
However, most winners that night – including Zendaya’s historical win – accepted the award from their homes, giving their speeches via video.
The Oscars 2021 early film predictions
With so much delayed, this year might be easier to predict what will be nominated.
Variety has begun listing their top early contenders, with the late Chadwick Boseman a contender for a posthumous nod.
His final film – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom – will be released on Netflix in December this year.
Among other early predictions based on titles shown at select film festivals, Michelle Pfeiffer (French Exit) and Viola Davis (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom) could be strong contenders for a Best Actress nomination
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