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Oscars organisers make plans to 'postpone 93rd Academy Awards by four months' as lack of new releases during coronavirus shutdown threatens 2021 awards season

Oscars organisers make plans to 'postpone 93rd Academy Awards by four months' as lack of new releases during coronavirus shutdown threatens 2021 awards season
The 2021 Academy Awards may be postponed to a later date, marking the most major shakeup in the 93-year history of the Oscars.
According to a new report, organisers for next year's ceremony are in talks to push back the ceremony, which was planned to be held on February 28, by up to four months.  
The ceremony is under threat due to the lack of new films amid the global coronavirus pandemic, which has seen studios delay releases and shut down production on new projects. 
Delayed: The 2021 Academy Awards may be postponed to a later date due to the global coronavirus pandemic, marking the most major shakeup in the 93-year history of the Oscars
Delayed: The 2021 Academy Awards may be postponed to a later date due to the global coronavirus pandemic, marking the most major shakeup in the 93-year history of the Oscars
The Sun report that movie studios have been told this week that there will be a longer release window for their films to be eligible for nomination. 
The so-called Oscar season usually begins after the summer blockbusters have left cinemas, with major studios releasing their awards season contenders in November and December in the hope they remain fresh in the minds of critics and Academy members, who vote in January. 
Major movies have already had their release dates pushed back as cinemas across the world remain closed.  
The latest James Bond movie No Time To Die was one of the first blockbusters to be delayed, with its release date moved from April to November.   
Postponed: The ceremony is under threat due to the lack of new film releases, which has seen major 2020 releases including Daniel Craig's final James Bond movie No Time To Die, delayed
Postponed: The ceremony is under threat due to the lack of new film releases, which has seen major 2020 releases including Daniel Craig's final James Bond movie No Time To Die, delayed
A movie insider told The Sun that organisers are doing all they can to ensure a ceremony does take place at some point in 2021: 'The Oscars organisers have been in talks for weeks about whether the ceremony can go ahead given so many releases have been pushed back.'
'There would be a mutiny if changes weren't made and the industry could be totally ravaged if film studios held back their offerings until the 2022 ceremony to be eligible.
'What they're proposing is pushing back the ceremony, which was going to take place on February 28, to either late May or early June. Doing this means films forced to postpone their release dates can put them out later this year or in early 2021 knowing they will still be eligible for the Oscars.
Summer ceremony: According to insiders, organisers for next year's ceremony are in talks to push back the ceremony, which was planned to be held on February 28, by up to four months
Summer ceremony: According to insiders, organisers for next year's ceremony are in talks to push back the ceremony, which was planned to be held on February 28, by up to four months
'Film studios have been informed of the plans and are now drawing up their release dates accordingly. But with everything still so up in the air, it's all rather tentative at the moment.' 
Last month the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, which governs the awards ceremony, announced that it had changed its rules to allow films released on a streaming service without a theatrical run to be eligible.
Previously, a film needed to have a minimum seven-day theatrical run in a Los Angeles County commercial theatre in order to be considered. 
Under the new rules, films that had a previously planned theatrical release but are made available on an on-demand service may qualify.
Ready for some glitz and glam: A movie insider has revealed that organisers are doing all they can to ensure a ceremony does take place at some point in 2021 (pictured Best Actress winner Renee Zellweger at the 2020 ceremony)
Ready for some glitz and glam: A movie insider has revealed that organisers are doing all they can to ensure a ceremony does take place at some point in 2021 (pictured Best Actress winner Renee Zellweger at the 2020 ceremony)
'We're dealing with the unfolding reality of an unanticipated, unprecedented global health crisis and trying to be responsive to what's going on in the world and at the same time support our filmmakers who are in a circumstance beyond their control,' Film Academy president David Rubin told The Associated Press .
Dawn Hudson, the CEO of the Academy, said that they have been in 'constant conversation with all parts of our community from studios to filmmakers to theatre owners' to make decisions that support all.
The Oscars have been postponed only three times in its 93-year history. In 1938, flooding in Los Angeles led to a one-week delay, while another one-week delay occurred in 1968, due to the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. 
In 1981, the awards were delayed for a day after the attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan. 
The ceremony has never officially been cancelled, even continuing throughout World War II.
No new releases: The so-called Oscar season usually begins after the summer blockbusters have left cinemas, with studios releasing their contenders in November and December (pictured Best Actor winner Brad Pitt at the 2020 Oscars)
No new releases: The so-called Oscar season usually begins after the summer blockbusters have left cinemas, with studios releasing their contenders in November and December (pictured Best Actor winner Brad Pitt at the 2020 Oscars)

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