The global pandemic due to COVID19 makes the organisers push back the 93rd Academy Awards ceremony from February 28 to April 25. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and its Oscars broadcasting partner ABC announced this on Monday.
This is not the first time though. The Oscars has been delayed three times before - due to L.A. flooding in 1938; following the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968, and after the attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan in 1981. This time Oscars eligibility window is also extended beyond the traditional 12-month period - which began on January 1, 2020, and will expire on February 28, 2021.
In a statement, the Academy indicated that the Oscars will be held at the Dolby Theater at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood and will air live on ABC. Academy president David Rubin and CEO Dawn Hudson said,
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 a historic moment, gathering movie fans around the world to unite through cinema.