It is official, the 93rd annual Academy Awards have been pushed to April 25, 2021, instead of the original date of Feb. 28, 2021, due to the coronavirus.
In addition, the academy's board of governors will extend the eligibility period. In order for a film to qualify, the release date has to fall between Jan. 1, 2020, and Feb. 28, 2021.
The Academy president and CEO said in a statement,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.