This year really has been all downhill since Parasite took home the Oscar for Best Picture.
The 2021 Academy Awards might be postponed to a later date, Variety is reporting. Multiple anonymous sources familiar with the topic said the Film Academy is debating delaying next year’s Oscars amid the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The telecast is currently slated to air on Sunday, February 28, 2021.
“It’s likely they’ll be postponed,” one source told the outlet.
In a statement to Variety, Academy president David Rubin cautioned that it’s too soon to say if COVID-19 will affect the award show.
“It’s impossible to know what the landscape will be,” he said. “We know we want to celebrate film but we do not know exactly what form it will take.”
Rubin did add that the Academy is relaxing its typical eligibility rules, which state that films must have a seven-day theatrical release in Los Angeles to qualify for a nomination. It’s unclear whether delaying the February ’21 ceremony would also extend the submission deadline for films released after the new year.
The Oscars are undoubtedly the year’s biggest night in film, but next year’s show wouldn’t be the first annual event to succumb to COVID-19. New York City Pride aside, the 2020 GLAAD Media Awards in NYC were also canceled in March. Since then, the crisis has escalated, and the public health officials are recommending social distancing measures in states that aren’t effectively shut down.